Media must stop making noise about Zuma’s children – family

2010-02-11 15:09

Nonkululeko Mhlongo was the mother of President Jacob Zuma’s two

daughters and she was well respected in the family, a relative of the president

said today.

“She is our mother. She visits Msholozi’s [Zuma’s clan name] home

during functions. She was there in December. I don’t understand why people make

noise about this issue,” said Mike Zuma, the president’s younger brother.

He was reacting to reports that the president had fathered two

daughters aged 12 and seven with a Pietermaritzburg businesswoman.

“The children are known. The mother even attended Zuma’s wedding

with MaNtuli,” said Zuma.

News of the children came barely a month after it emerged that Zuma

had fathered a girl out of wedlock with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of soccer

boss Irvin Khoza.

“Journalists must leave Zuma alone. They must stop discussing his

private life.

“We are tired of this behaviour now,” said Mike Zuma.

The stories about Mhlongo’s children with Zuma invaded the privacy

of both Zuma and the children, he said.

“I don’t want to say anything about the issue of the children with

MaMhlongo. What I want to stress is that the president deserves respect.”

The issue should be discussed only by members of the Zuma


“When is Zuma going to have peace with his family? His personal

life is not for public consumption,” he said.

Mhlongo was not available to comment.

She has been quoted as denying that Zuma is the father of her two


Zuma (67) wed his fifth wife Thobeka Madiba earlier this month, two

years after his marriage to Nompumelelo Ntuli. He married Sizakele Khumalo in


His first wife Kate Mantsho Zuma committed suicide in 2000 and he

divorced Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is now Home Affairs Minister, in


He is engaged to Gloria Bongi Ngema, from Durban, whose family

presented umbondo (gifts) to the Zuma family at the end of December.

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