A leader in her own right

By Drum Digital
27 January 2016

As one of South Africa’s first ladies, Tobeka Madiba Zuma has power – and she’s using it to take on Aids and cancer

By Sabelo Dlangisa

There is something clinical and impersonal about the reception room of President Jacob Zuma’s official residence in Durban.

Nothing about Dube House, where we have come to meet First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma, conjures up any associations with the country’s first citizen, or his family.

The two gold-framed paintings hanging on the wall of the reception room of the colonial-style mansion feature natural scenes. One is set in a forest, while the other shows a small stream hemmed in on both sides by thickets.

Perhaps two copies of a Presidency’s internal newsletter are the only items that suggest that this is a state house.

Since her husband ascended to the Presidency in 2009, she has been on a mission to combat diseases such as cancer and HIV/Aids among vulnerable women and children through her foundation, the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation.

Read more in the 28 January issue of DRUM.

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