South Africa’s polygamous president Jacob Zuma has done it again – he
wed his fifth wife on Monday.
Thobeka Madiba, aged 37, is an addition to Zuma’s collection – but she
wont be the last as the president is also engaged Gloria Bongi Ngema from Durban.
According to reports, Madam Ngema had presented gifts to the Zuma family in December. Presentation of gifts is the last Zulu traditional ceremony before a wedding.
It was not known when Zuma would tie the knot with Ngema.
On Sunday the Presidency said in a statement that the wedding was “a
private family ceremony” at his homestead in eNkandla in the rural
The couple are already married under South African law and have three
Two weeks ago Zuma’s wedding to Madiba was surrounded by some
controversy when spokesperson Zizi Kodwa denied any knowledge of the
ceremony, reports say.
The president’s other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, who he married in
1973, and Nompumelelo MaNtuli-Zuma, who he married in 2007 during a
traditional wedding ah his Nkandla home.
The president was legally married to Kate Zuma who died in 2000.
Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was also married to the
Dlamini-Zuma and Jacob Zuma divorced in 1998.
Polygamous marriages are common in the Zulu culture especially in rural areas.
Zuma is the father of 18 children.
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