Zumas celebrate umemulo ahead of wedding

2011-04-22 11:33

President Jacob Zuma showered cash onto his daughters Duduzile and Phumzile as they performed their traditional umemulo (coming-of-age ceremony) at Nkandla yesterday.

Duduzile will marry Lonwabo Sambudla in East London tomorrow.

In accordance with Zulu custom, the bride-to-be was covered in cash during the ceremony by her father, her twin brother Duduzane, her cousin, Aurora boss Khulubuse Zuma and other guests.

Dressed in a leopard skins and traditional attire, Duduzile and her sister Phumzile, really resembled princesses during the event.

Although many guests and locals expected to see the president in his traditional attire, he came wearing black pants, a blue shirt and white tackies.

Hundreds of locals braved the cold weather for an opportunity to rub shoulders with the president and his family.

The wedding will be held at the luxury Nkwenkwezi Lodge with the who’s who of South Africa’s political and business community in attendance.

During Thursday’s ceremony, Duduzile and Phumzile presented a spear to their father, who was accompanied by his brother, Michael, and the Minister of Transport, S’bu Ndebele.

As the president returned the spear to his daughters he placed several hundred rand notes on their heads.

Duduzile’s twin brother Duduzane, who was wearing a striped shirt and jeans, also put a couple of hundreds over his sisters’ heads and swiftly disappeared into the crowd.

Khulubuse arrived on a quad bike and also covered his cousins in notes. He gave the maidens in attendance R100 each before shaking hands with Duduzile’s future in-laws.

All the president’s wives attended, as did his ex-wife Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The Sambudla family attended, sitting on grass mats some distance from the president.

After the ceremony the president told City Press he felt blessed and proud because of his daughters.

“I love my daughters and I am so proud of them. They make me happy,” he said.

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