Scores descend on Nkandla for Zuma wedding

2010-01-04 10:43

BUSINESS PEOPLE, politicians and celebrities are among those who

have descended on President Jacob Zuma’s home in Nkandla today to see him tie

the knot with his fifth wife.

Zuma will marry Thobeka Madiba at his homestead this afternoon.

Security Is tight ahead of the ceremony and journalists have been barred from

getting closer to Zuma’s home.

In a statement yesterday the office of the Presidency urged the

media to stay away from the wedding as it was a “a private family

ceremony”.

However, journalists who have been camping near Zuma’s home since

the early hours of this morning are expected to be allowed to attend the

ceremony this afternoon.

Zuma married Nompumelelo MaNtuli-Zuma at the same location in 2007.

A large marquee has been erected to accommodate guests while several goats and

sheep were slaughtered for the feast.

The president’s other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, whom he married

in 1973, and Nompumelelo MaNtuli-Zuma, whom he married in 2007.

He was previously married to current Home Affairs Minister

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whom he divorced in 1998, and Kate Mantsho Zuma, who

committed suicide in 2000.

Zuma has18 children.

He is also engaged to Gloria Bongi Ngema from Durban. Her family

presented umbondo (gifts) to the Zuma family at the end December 2009.

Umbondo is the last Zulu traditional ceremony before the wedding.

It was done after ilobolo had been paid.

It is not known when Zuma will tie the knot with Ngema.

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