Zuma expecting baby

2010-06-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — President Jacob Zuma may soon welcome his 21st child to the presidential family.

Yesterday the presidency did not deny reports that Zuma will soon be a new father again.

This time it’s his second wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli (better known as MaNtuli), who is expecting a child, while there are allegations that her relationship with Zuma is on the rocks.

The news comes seven months after Zuma’s child with Sonono Khoza, daughter of Zuma’s friend and soccer boss Irvin Khoza, was born out of wedlock. Zuma acknowledged paternity of the child in February.

Officials in the presidency, however, would not say much about the latest revelations. Zuma’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said: “It is a family affair and I am not willing to comment on this matter”.

He refused to acknowledge that the matter is in the public interest since taxpayers will have to support yet another child of the president.

Collins Chabane, Minister for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, said in March this year that the budget for the president’s wives has doubled to R15 million, from around R8 million set aside for former president Thabo Mbeki’s wife, Zanele.

The presidency also declined to comment on allegations that Zuma’s relationship with MaNtuli is on the rocks.

 

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