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Zuma 'seeks to take third wife'

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    Mfumwa JF-Expert Member

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    Zuma 'seeks to take third wife'
    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.

    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.

    'Private matter'

    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 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.

    His supporters say his legal problems are part of a political plot to prevent him becoming president.
    Source: BBC NEWS | Africa | Zuma 'seeks to take third wife'
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    Labda hao wawili alio nao hawana credentials za kuwa first lady!
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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    ....kwanza hao wake ni zaidi ya wawili.Hebu cheki...


    Wife no 1: Sizakele, also known as MaKumalo


    Wife no 2: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma


    Wife no 3: Kate Zuma


    Wife no 4: Nompumelelo Ntuli


    Wife no 5: Jacob Zuma with Thobeka Mabhija

    Zuma not there to accept bridal gifts ​

    06 January 2009
    Canaan Mdletshe

    Confusion reigned yesterday over the much-awaited Umbondo to the ANC president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

    Umbondo is a traditional ceremony where a bride-to-be present gifts to the groom’s family as an indication that the lobola has been paid in full.

    There were reports that Zuma’s bride-to-be, Thobeka Mabhija, who is going to be ANC president’s fifth wife, would present gifts in a traditional ceremony yesterday.

    However, the groom (Zuma) was apparently not there to receive the gifts.

    A source close to the Zuma family told Sowetan that it appeared as though Zuma himself had not been informed of the ceremony, hence he could not cancel his schedules.

    “We heard that the in-laws only notified (Michael) Zuma of their intentions late on Sunday and by that time, ubaba already had other commitments,” the source said.

    It is exactly a year since Zuma married his fourth wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, a former nurse.

    Zuma was today expected to hold a pensioners’ Christmas party at Emabomvini in Umsinga.

    Zuma’s younger brother, Michael confirmed the much-talked about ceremony, but said its schedule was still to be finalised.

    “It is true that the function will take place but I just want to stress that it will not take place today (Monday). My brother (Jacob Zuma) is not even here at home,” said Zuma.

    He said the date for the event was still to be discussed by the families.

    However, our source confirmed that there was a big marquee on the Zuma’s homestead.

    “Yes, there is a big tent on the property, but we don’t know what is it for.

    “In the morning, we went to the homestead to have a meeting, as we normally do, and we saw ubaba (Zuma) leaving.

    “He was apparently going to Melmoth, but I don’t know what for. Also, all those people who came to see him were turned away,” she said.

    Sowetan - News