Zuma jnr marriage ‘on rocks’

2014-10-24 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s son Edward Zuma yesterday refused to be drawn on talk that his marriage is headed for the rocks.

Sources close to the couple told The Witness Zuma’s four-year-old marriage appeared to be in shambles after his wife Phumelele Shange moved out of their Durban North marital home recently.

Claims of the couple’s woes come a day after Zuma celebrated his 38th birthday. The couple would have celebrated four years together this month.

Zuma and Shange tied the knot in a lavish wedding at Tala Game Reserve near Camperdown in October 2011. The wedding was attended by 500 of South Africa’s political and business elite.

Months after their extravagant ceremony it emerged that Zuma borrowed a stainless steel wedding ring from Mark Gold Jewels for the ceremony because he did not have the money to pay for the one commissioned for the ceremony.

Zuma was also taken to court for failing to pay Paul Mann for his R2,7 million wedding bill.

Yesterday Zuma said: “I do not want to comment on the matter.”

Shange’s phone rang unanswered.

Daily paper Isolezwe broke the news of the alleged split yesterday and claimed Zuma’s wife had caught him walking out of their home with another woman.

The Witness understands that Shange has moved back home to Lamontville.

Sources close to the couple said cracks in the marriage surfaced five months ago.

A friend said: “It’s true. I am shocked because they recently got married. I think he is really stressed because he has been really distant lately.”

Another close family friend said: “He’s really messed up this time. It’s bad. In fact the family is devastated. I think their marriage is over.

“They don’t live together anymore, she has moved back home with their son,” he said.

Zuma’s family at the Nkandla homestead were equally shocked.

“She wasn’t at [his cousin] Khulubuse’s wedding. We believe that she has left him,” said a close relative.

The relative who lives on the homestead said Muziyoxolo, as Zuma is fondly known at home, had not briefed the family.

“When these types of problems arise we usually call both parties, sit them down and discuss how we can help them,” the relative said.

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