New bride for Zuma family

2011-10-08 18:01

President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, was a hub of activity yesterday when the family welcomed its latest bride.

In a three-day wedding fest, Edward Muziwoxolo Zuma (34), Zuma’s eldest son, wed Phumelele Shange (28) in a private ceremony on Friday attended by close friends and family at Ithala Game Reserve near Camperdown, just outside Pietermaritzburg.

Among the guests were KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize, police commissioner Bheki Cele and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

Describing Friday’s event, Shange’s cousin Sindi Mchunu, said about 500 guests attended the lavish garden wedding, where the bride wore two different gowns.

Yesterday Shange was welcomed by Zuma’s brother Mike, where Zulu traditions were observed.

She was adorned in a Zulu wrist bangle, isiphandla, and money was pinned to her isicholo, the traditional hat.

As a sign of the bride’s acceptance to the Zuma family, she held a knife and a lamp.

The bride, who is from Lamontville, was accompanied by young maidens dressed in their colourful traditional attire, who sang and entertained while the bridal party waited to be escorted into the homestead.

Among Shange’s bridesmaids was Fikisiwe Dlamini, the fiance of Khulubuse Zuma, the president’s nephew.

Mchunu said the bridal couple met a few years ago at a wedding celebration. “She (Shange) is respectful and very helpful to her family,” said Mnchunu.

The celebrations will end in umabo, the giving of gifts to the groom’s family by the bride’s, later today.

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