South African president Jacob Zuma, second right, seen with his three wives Sizakele Khumalo, right, Nompumelo Ntuli, left, and Thobeka Mabhija, second left, after giving the State of the Nation address, at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, June 3, 2009. President Jacob Zuma invoked the legacy of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Wednesday as he urged South Africans to pull together in a time of national and global uncertainty. (AP Photo/Mike Hutchings, Pool)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's governing party says a report that the president fathered a child out of wedlock is making "a mountain out of nothing."
Johannesburg's Sunday Times newspaper, citing unnamed friends of the woman's family, reported that President Jacob Zuma had a daughter in October.
The paper said the child's mother is not one of Zuma's three wives nor a fourth woman to whom he is engaged.
Zuma, an unabashed polygamist, has not commented on the Times story. Monday's statement from the governing African National Congress party neither confirmed nor denied Zuma is the child's father.
Zuma's party swept parliamentary elections last year, ensuring him the presidency, even though he had acknowledged a previous affair.