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Zuma, 66, marries 5th wife

JOHANNESBURG— President Jacob Zuma of South African is set to marry his fifth wife in a traditional ceremony at his rural village in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

According to presidency statement, “The traditional wedding of President Jacob Zuma and Tobeka Madiba today, 4 January, is a private family ceremony.”

The Sunday Times and Independent newspapers had reported that Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla was a hive of activity as he prepared to tie the knot with Madiba  today.

“Most of the things are only happening from (Sunday). We are expecting the arrival of a number of guests and dignitaries. There is obviously a lot of dancing and singing at the moment – people are happy. But tomorrow (Monday) is the big day,” the Independent said, citing a source close to the family.

Today’s wedding ceremony will be the traditional one where the bride, Madiba, will be introduced to the elders as well as to the ancestors, two years after Zuma paid the Ilobolo (dowry).

Madiba, 37, who has two children with 66-year-old Zuma, has attended official functions as one of the country’s first ladies and has been quoted in the media as Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.

Polygamy is legally recognised in South Africa.
According to a biography on Zuma, prepared by his party, the African National Congress, the president has three wives including Madiba but details on their marriage remained vague.

Meanwhile, Zuma is also reportedly preparing to take on a sixth wife.

Earlier this week, an umbondo (exchange of gifts) ceremony was held signalling that he had paid ilobolo (dowry) for his latest fiancee, Bongi Ngema, according to the Sunday Times.


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