Who’s Who celebrate Duduzile Zuma’s big day

2011-04-23 17:30

The Who’s Who of the South ­African business and political elite attended the exclusive wedding of President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile, in East London ­yesterday.

Duduzile, the twin sister of Duduzane, tied the knot with ­businessman and former Lembede ­investments boss Lonwabo Sambudla, to whom she got engaged last year.

Approximately 650 guests attended the wedding, which was conducted under tight security, at the Inkwenkwezi private game ­reserve.

Sushi king Kenny Kunene has bought the full rights to publicise the wedding.

Kunene, who shot to fame last last year after throwing a lavish party which cost R700 000 with women used as human sushi ­platters, boasted at the launch of his club’s website, zaronline.co.za, this week that the site was going to showcase the wedding in video and photo galleries.

But by yesterday afternoon, the galleries were not yet live.

Wedding planner Farah Fortune confirmed that Kunune had purchased the rights from the couple, but declined to disclose how much he coughed up for the rights to the wedding, from which all media were barred.

Duduzile arrived in the presidential convoy with her father.

Kunene arrived driving a black ZAR-branded Lamborghini.The lodge area was sealed off by a private security firm and the ­perimeter was patrolled by the SAPS.

Fortune said all guests were told not to bring cameras or phones.“Only the president was allowed to bring his phone inside the ­venue.

“Guests were told to leave their phones in their cars,” she said.

A massive media contingent was kept at bay outside the gate to the venue, some 25km outside East London, preventing them from even getting a glimpse of the bride and groom.

All guests were screened and checked off a guest list by hostesses and security guards, while the entrance to the venue was manned by security officers with scanners to detect phones or cameras.

Among prominent guests were Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe, Chief Mandla Mandela, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Aurora boss Khulubuse Zuma arrived in a Dodge SUV wearing sunglasses and playing loud music.

The colours of the day were white and red, with rose petals scattered on the paths inside the venue.

Fortune was unwilling to talk about Duduzile’s wedding dress, which friends said was bought at Paris fashion week.

Today the couple will perform the traditional leg of the wedding at Sambudla’s home in Fairfield, Mthatha.

On Thursday, the president showered cash on Duduzile and his other daughter, Phumzile, as they performed their traditional uMemulo (coming-of-age ceremony) at the Zuma homestead in Nkandla.

In accordance with Zulu custom, the bride-to-be was covered in cash during the ceremony.

Kunene has organised an ­after-party which will be held at the ­Walter Sisulu University’s sport grounds tonight.

Entertainment will be provided by Durban kwaito group Big Nuz, DJ Fisherman, DJ Fistaz Mixwell, L’vovo Derrango, Winnie Khumalo and DJ Tumza. 

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