Khulubuse Zuma pays lobola of 100 cattle for Swazi princess

2013-10-20 10:00

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President’s nephew pays lobola for king’s niece

President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, has paid a herd of 100 cattle as lobola for his Swazi princess.

The lavish ceremony took place at Swazi King Mswati’s Ludzidzini Royal Village outside Mbabane yesterday.

Zuma’s fiancée is Fikisiwe Dlamini, the king’s niece.

She is the daughter of Mswati’s late brother, Prince Phiwokwakhe Dlamini.

Fikisiwe has several boutiques in Swaziland. She runs several boutiques in the country’s major cities.

The bridegroom’s entourage and emissaries from KwaZulu-Natal arrived in Swaziland on Friday afternoon.

Among the group was President Zuma’s daughter Duduzile, her husband, Lonwabo Sambudla, and Zuma’s cousin Deebo Mzobe.daughter Duduzile and her husband Lonwabo Sambudla.

At about noon yesterday, a fleet of luxury cars started arriving at eLudzidzini for the festivities.

At the negotiations and with his bride-to-be, Fikisiwe Dlamini at his feet. Picture: Khaya Ngwenya/City Press

Khulubuse was dressed in a loincloth and a traditional Zulu headband, with a brown-and-white blanket draped around him.

The two families held negotiations behind closed doors before they went to the kraal to present the cattle to the king, who seemed very pleased.

King Mswati announced he would slaughter six cattle for his in-laws.

The Zuma family will spoil their in-laws with gifts today. City Press spotted furniture, blankets and grass mats.

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