South African president Jacob Zuma visits UK

South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Britain for a three-day state visit.

Jacob Zuma and his wife are in Britain for three days

He arrived at Heathrow Airport with wife Thobeka Madiba Zuma, where he was greeted by Viscount Brookeborough, on behalf of the Queen.

Mr Zuma is a polygamist who has married at least five times and has 19 children, faced corruption charges and has been acquitted of a rape charge.

During his visit he will meet political leaders and attend a state banquet.

Mr Zuma and Prince Philip will review a guard of honour at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall on Wednesday before joining the Queen and Mrs Zuma for a state carriage procession along the Mall to Buckingham Palace, as part of his official welcome to the UK.

Gordon Brown will miss prime minister’s questions in the Commons to take part in the welcoming ceremony.

He will hold talks with Mr Zuma on Thursday, when the two leaders are expected to discuss Zimbabwe as well as climate change, the global economy and the football World Cup, which South Africa is hosting this summer.



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