South Africa’s ruling African National Congress says there is “nothing sinister” in its leader Jacob Zuma wishing to take a third wife. Local media have reported that his fiancee, Thobeka Mabhija, has made a traditional gift to his family, as part of the wedding preparations.6-1-sa

Mr Zuma married his second wife in January last year. He is the strong favourite to become South Africa’s next president, after elections due in the coming months.

Correspondents say it is common for leaders in Mr Zuma’s Zulu community to have more than one wife.

After initially denying the reports of a new wedding, the ANC on Tuesday issued a new statement which reads: “We see nothing sinister in Comrade Zuma wishing to enter into matrimony in line with African customary and traditional practice.”

The statement also stresses that it is a private matter. The Mercury newspaper reports that the family of Ms Mabhija, 34, delivered gifts including a goat, sheep and vegetables to Mr Zuma’s family home, as part of the Zulu umbondo tradition ahead of a wedding.

This will be the fifth time Mr Zuma, 65, has been married. He wed Nompumelelo Ntuli a year ago and has been married to Sizakele Khumalo since 1959.

He is divorced from Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, while Kate Mantsho Zuma died in 2000. Mr Zuma was acquitted of rape in 2006 and still faces corruption charges.



2 Responses

  1. ‘married to… since 1959’? Before our Independence. How old is this guy? And what, may I ask, is he still seeking nuptials for? i shudder to think that this guy’s priorities may not exactly be his nation. this is just another ego-trip.
    Still, his bride-to-be’s family bringing him gifts is the sort of tradition that Nigeria needs.

  2. no mr Zuma He is a man what he’s doing he shows that he is still following the zulu culture.,cause if you are a leader you must have isithembu’`in our culture i conquer with him

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