Wedding fit for royalty

2014-09-15 00:00

FIRST lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma told Swazi Princess Fikisiwe Dlamini-Zuma she will be the “emotional glue” that holds the family together.

Madiba-Zuma — one of President Jacob Zuma’s wives — told The Witness in an exclusive interview at Khulubuse Zuma’s wedding in Nkandla at the weekend, she was delighted that the family was growing. Khulubuse (44) is the president’s nephew, and often embroiled in controversy.

“As she enters the Zuma family, she must know that she will be an emotional glue to the family, she will hold the family together,” Madiba-Zuma told the bride, one of Khulubuse’s four fiancées.

“We welcome her with open arms and are very happy to have her in the family.”

Khulubuse’s spokesperson, Vuyo Mkhize, yesterday confirmed the other fiancées, but declined to name them.

The traditional wedding ceremony for 5 000 guests took place on an open field against the backdrop of Nkandla’s lush rolling hills.

Princess Fikisiwe was glowing in her traditional attire, which looked very similar to the one worn by Queen Zola Mafu, also from Swaziland, when she married King Goodwill Zwelithini recently. She wore a cream goat’s hair ruff which covered her breasts, paired with a black hide skirt.

Khulubuse wore full traditional Zulu regalia specially designed for him by neighbour Dodi Msomi.

Alcohol flowed freely with guests sipping on Moët and Chandon Rosé, Hennessy cognac, 15-year-old Glenfiddich and Jameson. Also seen were bottles of Johnny Walker Platinum Label, at R999 a bottle.

After the ceremony guests were entertained by the likes of Afrotainement’s DJ Tira.

Spotted among the guests were Durban businessman Vivian Reddy who arrived by helicopter, taxi boss Mandla Gcaba, and black economic empowerment maestro Don Mkhwanazi.

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