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Lavish wedding for Zuma’s daughter

2011-04-24 12:01

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's daughter Duduzile married Lonwabo Sambudla on Saturday in "a Parisian-theme ceremony" described as South Africa's wedding of the year.

The Sunday Times reported that an army of private security guards, police and the presidential protection unit watched over the venue, Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve near East London in the Eastern Cape, where a giant white marquee had been erected.

The bride, 28, wore a white off-the-shoulder wedding gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals, and a pair of silver Christian Louboutin shoes.

She was accompanied by her father and four bridesmaids dressed in red gowns.

Duduzile wore a custom-made diamond necklace worth R1.5m. She and her bridesmaids were collectively decked out in more than 1000 diamonds worth R4.5m.

Members of the SA Police Service were on hand to guard Duduzile's diamond jewellery - on loan from a top jewellery store and delivered to her shortly before midday.

Duduzile and her father drove in a minibus from nearby Prana Lodge, where she was staying, to the wedding venue, before hopping onto a white rickshaw.

The rickshaw was accompanied by women singing traditional Xhosa wedding songs.

Guests - who earlier snacked on salmon, chicken, lamb and an assortment of fruit - were waiting to greet the bride as the rickshaw came to a stop outside the marquee.

Host of cabinet ministers

Near the entrance, a framed photograph of Duduzile's mother, Kate Mantsho, stood on a stand in front of a burning candle. Mantsho committed suicide in 2000.

The service was conducted by Pastor Alph Lukau, from Alleluia Ministries International, and guests were entertained by Nigerian gospel artist Uche Agu.

The groom, 31, wore a cream suit and matching bow tie. Elephants roamed the grounds in the background as the couple exchanged vows. The guest list included some of the country's wealthiest empowerment dealmakers and business executives.

In attendance were businessman Vivian Reddy, who attended the wedding with his TV actress wife Sorisha, presidential spokesperson  Zizi Kodwa, Nelson Mandela's grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, socialite Khanyi Mbau, former Miss South Africa Tansey Coetzee, comedian David Kau, dancer Somizi Mhlongo and ramp models Miriam Ngomani and Mpumi Gwinya.

Also at the wedding were a host of cabinet ministers, including Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Instead of gifts, the bridal couple requested gift vouchers from a variety of high-end stores.

The couple sold the rights to the wedding to a local magazine, which helped to foot the massive bill.

Fortune said the couple chose a Parisian-theme wedding because Duduzile "really loves Paris".

The couple met three years ago when Duduzile was on the board of Gupta-owned Sahara Computers.

The president's daughter first hit the social spotlight after throwing a lavish R400 000 birthday bash for 600 of her closest friends two years ago, the Sunday Times reported.

Comments
  • Patrick - 2011-04-24 12:12

    Thats sounds like it was a really loverly wedding!

      don fillipe - 2011-04-24 13:52

      Yes - lovely in a puke kind of manner. Really lovely!

      Redwine - 2011-04-24 14:06

      What a shame and dishonour to the customs of the Zulu nation. No oxen being slaughtered, salmon I ask you. How my people are choking on the slave chains of the western civilizations. She should have been bear breasted like a Zulu maiden is supposed to dress out of respect for her husband and elders.

      gazelle - 2011-04-24 14:26

      Don get a life or create one...assemblief tog..

      Bratt - 2011-04-24 19:04

      @Redwine - nice troll. Now go back under your bridge.

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-04-25 00:41

      ANC to citizens: "Sorry Sipho. Sorry Numsi. Neither of you will be getting electricity this year - we had to spend the money on a wedding. I'm sure you'll understand. Oh, and don't forget to vote ANC - we liberated you, remember?"

      Karoobloed - 2011-04-25 07:18

      Veels geluk meneer President van hierdie Afrikaner van die Karoo. Klink of dit 'n fantastiese troue was - baie gepas vir RSA se eerste familie. It is absolutely inapproriate and small-minded to belittle a country's leader for hosting a lavish wedding for his daughter. And let us work out how much we owe the Zumas for denying Mr. Jacob Zuma for first of all denying him the education he deserved, and then locking him up in Robben Island for standing up for democracy and human rights. This does not mean that I do not criticize Mr. Zuma's leadership at times, and the direction of the ANC almost all of the time. But to criticize him for hosting an opulent wedding for his daughter is absolutely unacceptable.

      Karoobloed - 2011-04-25 07:25

      Sorry for the grammatical errors above - typing without my glasses. I am really offended by the trolls taking cheap shots at the Zumas at such a happy event. Are you guys going to belittle the Queen for the expenses related to Will and Kate's Royal wedding too?

      daaivark - 2011-04-26 12:26

      @ Redwine: "bear breasted"? Fur and all, sweetie?

      Gorilla - 2011-04-26 14:21

      @Redwine: "...bear breasted..." what? do you mean she's got furry ones?

  • CorneN - 2011-04-24 12:19

    Kaa-CHING!

  • TmanTT - 2011-04-24 12:21

    Media out to destroy young girl's wedding day because of the hatred of her father.SA for you

      Lebogang - 2011-04-24 13:35

      this is not us destroyin a young gals wedding,dis is a nation givin their honest opinion.besides hw can we destroy somethin dat has already taken place...and paid for.

      onetickie - 2011-04-24 13:42

      NO! The media is out the to let the people know about the blatant vulgar opulance whilst so many of their people don't even have water or electricity but money can be found for circus acts like this - and not even traditional tribal BUT WESTERN MIMICRY.

      Crabapple1 - 2011-04-25 05:35

      Sheeeeesh, but you are an idiot!! Think a little further IF you have more than one brain cell.

  • Errol - 2011-04-24 12:23

    Let those who are struggling with basic services take note. Sounds like animal farm. All are equal but some are more equal than others.

      Tiens - 2011-04-25 13:36

      Four legs good! Two legs better!

  • Eric West - 2011-04-24 12:30

    Members of the SA Police Service were on hand to guard Duduzile's diamond jewellery - on loan from a top jewellery store and delivered to her shortly before midday. So, the taxpayers' paid for the security services? Isn't that just so typical of the ANC's Fat Black Cats?

      Worldwise - 2011-04-24 17:32

      What about freedom of speech Iqanda? I may not like what you say but I will defend your right to say it. Ever heard of this constitutionally guarenteed right? No? Go read your constitution again instead of putting people in boxes.

      Pragmatist - 2011-04-25 15:58

      Perhaps Eric tells the truth... Freedom of speech?

      Slicebones - 2011-04-25 23:14

      Please leave politic aside

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 01:50

      We have few enough policemen/women to keep the crime down and what does Zuma do, he uses them to guard diamonds. What a wonderful president he is. I just hope that people who vote ANC can now see that he thinks more of "bling" than the poor and impoverished.

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 01:52

      @ Iqanda - poor Avusa, they must really be afraid of him or they have something to hide. What about free speech?

      Thabo Mokoena - 2011-04-26 13:40

      @Eric some things its plain common sense believe me. You had the president and ministers there hence securuity i'm sure they could afford to higher a private security company. sometimes let's just take the negativity that's so entrenched in our bodies and put it aside and let's use the very important tool that God gave us called "the brain".

  • Zakhele - 2011-04-24 12:34

    Everything has got its time,now is the time for sa goverment to eat our tax money but for how long?.The man upstairs is not stupid,the poor are suffuring even more as they spend money like there is no tomorrow.Please think of the poor,people leaving in shaks and in the farms.Make their lives better as you compaining for their x's in the ballot paper.What happen to Ubuntu?

      LBS - 2011-04-24 13:05

      Exactly. If only most of the blacks will just open their eyes. Even in the apartheid years the minister's children never had such lavish weddings. And yeah, where did I here the name "Gupta", they are all in it together - for themselves, never mind the poor right now!

      Gaanake - 2011-04-24 13:48

      Zakhele, my sentiments exactly. But how long are the poor majority going to maintain the status quo by voting it in year after year? I sometimes wish that I had it in my heart to say to them, "you brought it upon yourself, live with it'.

      Ekenechukwu - 2011-04-24 14:06

      @ Zakhele, i am not supporting the lavish wedding but the poor had been in our midst. What have we done to improve their plights? The world is very selfish and will remain selfish! If a person is poor, he or she needs to work or strive himself or herself out of poverty. Self pity or hand-out doesn't help anybody. " There are too much we can do if we are willing"

      GT - 2011-04-24 14:08

      There is nothing wrong with private people spending as much as they want on whatever they want. The trouble here is that we the entire country knows that the money here reeks of tender manipulation and government profiteering. Good luck the lady, but I I don't rejoice in this vulgar display by the politically connected

      Figuerro - 2011-04-25 11:33

      I thought this article was about the wedding of Zuma's daughter, why factor the ANC and the taxpayers money into this ? Are you then suggesting that this wedding has been made out of stolen money, some psychological observation is really needed for some of the correspondents in this page.

      Slicebones - 2011-04-25 23:29

      As u group urself as the poor how much r u willing to spend for ur wedding, keep in mind no 1 is controlling u how to spend ur money. According to my understanding no money came from government /movement to support this wedding correct me if I'm wrong. we know that u guys hate the guy that much but this time akenzanga lutho

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:03

      @ Figuerro - the reason we have to factor taxpayers' money and the ANC into it, is because our tax money pays for the police and Zuma, head of the ANC party, uses them to guard "diamonds"? What is more important, protecting people from criminals or protecting "diamonds? I think you are the one in need of psychological observation if you don't know the difference or what is more important. Whose comments suggested that this wedding was paid for with stolen money? Please think before you comment next time.

      Unathi - 2011-04-26 13:40

      I am not sure if you have a slave mentality or apartheid is still clouding your judgement. Zuma can never spend goverments money to fund her daugthers wedding. You are black and stupid and I am worried as to what you teach your kids. If you dont have any please keep it that way. This government has given black SA their dignity back.

  • Jan - 2011-04-24 12:51

    Everyone is entitled to a lovely wedding and of their dreams.It is hard however to reconcile politicians elected to serving the poor with this kind of excess. I long for the day when a politican just wants to serve the people, is bright enough to be successful at it, and will accept a small stipend and car to do it. That day is dawning for sure ......

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-04-24 12:54

    Who the F#ck is actually running this country anyway?? The ANC or the Guptas?? Oh wait...I get it! The ANC runs the country and the Guptas run the ANC.

      Faahim Dajee - 2011-04-26 12:06

      @White Moer- Classic!

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-04-24 12:54

    Police guarding her jewelry! = corruption.

  • Cire - 2011-04-24 12:54

    I just love seeing my taxes help the historically disadvantaged. In fact, I think taxes should be raised to pay for the weddings of the rest of his little ones.

      LBS - 2011-04-24 13:11

      Sorry if this is posted twice, but I have to say this : Unless you are being sarcastic, then I would say : And f..ck you too!

      Cire - 2011-04-24 20:16

      @LBS: I didn't realize that it was so difficult to see that I was being sarcastic. Can I still have the f.ck?

  • VuyosWors - 2011-04-24 12:55

    They hate caucasions but they sure love the luxuries and technology they invented and provide!

      Ekenechukwu - 2011-04-24 14:12

      The Caucasians invented and provided the luxuries and technology but they don't give the luxuries and technology to them for free that is why Caucasians are very wealthy. They want it and paid for it as well enriching the Caucasians!

      Mswati - 2011-04-24 14:21

      Vuyo, your spelling is incorrect, it should be Caucasians it does not only refer to whites

      VuyosWors - 2011-04-24 14:30

      @Ekenechuwku the Caucasians are paying for it. Who pays the most tax in this country?

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-04-24 14:39

      I think you are over generalizing vuyo, don't you get tired of repeating onething all the time. You sound like a broken record, please change.

      Ekenechukwu - 2011-04-24 14:59

      @ VuyosWors, the Caucasians controlled the economy that is why you are paying the taxes. Others can help you to pay the taxes if you are allowed them into the economy. @ Long Range, you are shouting and make no sense!!!

      VuyosWors - 2011-04-24 15:29

      @Ekenechukwu the whites built the economy. If we never came here, you would still be trading beads and leopard skins. And we still do control the economy.

      VuyosWors - 2011-04-24 15:30

      @paulmandlankosi dont you get tired of blaming Apartheid?

      Ekenechukwu - 2011-04-24 15:50

      @ Vuyoswors, if you control the economy, you pay the taxes. Don't complain about that.

      VuyosWors - 2011-04-24 15:56

      @Ekenechukwu yes but we need taxes to be spent on improving the infrastructure and security of the country so that we can continue to build the economy. Do you not understand this?

      Ekenechukwu - 2011-04-24 16:33

      @ Vuyoswors, There is one thing that i have noticed about whites is that you want to control everything in the world. When you are not in control, you are screaming. There is time and season for everything.The political power of south Africa had shifted to the black but ANC is abusing that power, that is very sad. We need better opposition parties in south Africa, COPE had a leadership crisis and DA has no good representations that reflect the population. The whites didn't far well when you had the political control of South Africa. Whites need to be careful because you will lose the economy control if you continue this way. Look at the Western power, The power of economy is shifting to Asia!

      Gatvol - 2011-04-24 19:41

      The economic power is shifting to China due to them artificially weakening their currency,and stealing intellectual property of the west and then selling cheap knock offs of western products as well as operating sweat shops, which ensures that products can be manufactured at a much lower input cost than in the west. They also have a population 5x of that of the USA. The days of white control of the economy in SA are numbered, indeed. The white population are becoming increasingly marginalized. This begs the question of what future are there for whites in this country.

      Hannah - 2011-04-26 13:36

      I know its like the Arabs they buy every western item attainable and they hate everyone non-islamic, bloody hypocrits...

  • Brenda Terblanche - 2011-04-24 13:02

    Wonder if this was privately paid or funded by the taxes we pay? Let the poor stay hongry and the rich feast on salmon, chicken and fruit while some can not even afford pap that cost R10 a bag.

      Ekenechukwu - 2011-04-24 14:16

      How many have people that don't have pap,you blessed with pap today? We are Kings and Queens in our own Kingdom. How are you reign the kingdom God gave to you!

      Mswati - 2011-04-24 14:24

      I doubt if tax papers money was used for the wedding but if you have any evidence, please give it to the media to investigate it

      Warren - 2011-04-24 18:04

      @ Mswati: The evidence is in the article that you just read, it says the police were providing the security. Do you think Santa Claus provides the budget for the cops with his Christmas bounus???

      Gatvol - 2011-04-24 19:45

      It doesn't mean that if you are the presidents daughter you need to become mother Theresa. As long as the wedding was privately funded, I can't see a problem with it.

      Helen - 2011-04-26 16:08

      @Warren.... Hahahaha...

  • thesaoak - 2011-04-24 13:11

    There goes another couple of million!!! Yet we still have the majority of ANC supporters living on the scraps left from the fat black cats that are as dodge as some of the most notable criminals on the Planet!!! The thing about the ANC is that they rob you in front of your FACE! and still have the balls to lie about it?? Ummm no!! Mandela took a god damb pay cut when elected president, how the tables have turned!! What next when Zuma impregnates his 200 other wifes??? SA will have to take a loan from the world bank to keep us with this kid! Or then again maybe not... hell just print a fuk load of £200 notes at the SARB!!! LOL

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:09

      Zuma does not have to go to all the trouble of printing notes, all he does or he gets somebody to do so, is to STEAL the money. Far quicker and easier.

  • Justin Schonegevel - 2011-04-24 13:11

    I think that when the ANC lose more vote this election they may just start to wake up??? Please don't vote ANC!

      Mswati - 2011-04-24 14:24

      I will vote ANC this time around

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-04-24 14:42

      Your arguement does not really show why I should not vote ANC. So I see nothing wrong to go and vote for the ANC as they have nothing to do with this wedding.

      Gatvol - 2011-04-24 19:48

      Many a potential black voter has been put off from voting DA because of the racist comments made by whites in these forums

      Warren - 2011-04-24 20:26

      @ Gatvol: Curiosity got the better of me, so I have to ask if your comment was directed at me & why.

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:11

      You are, I am sad to say, speaking to the deaf and dumb. They have already been brainwashed to vote ANC.

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:15

      @ Mswati - you are perfectly entitled to vote for the party you like, the ANC, but just know this, you are ENDORSING the starvation, misery and unemployment of the impoverished and poor.

      Katar - 2011-04-26 11:54

      ANC rules and will continue to rule,@modred, "they" have been brainwashed? yes "they" have, the ANC treats them better than the previous regime.

  • iqanda - 2011-04-24 13:15

    nothing more funny than white moers commenting on a elite wedding of a blackj person, well they say that jealousy knows no bounds in white lala land. jealosuy will make you miserable like afriforum and its leaders

      Andrea Naude - 2011-04-24 13:27

      No you idiot - Marie Antoinette was murdered by her own people. Guess you are not aware of who I'm talking. Gaddafi is being hounded by his own people. No, they're being paid by the west!!!!! Idiot people should wake up to realise that you can not fool the world that is total to a small pond with technology anymore. WAKE UP SILLY!!!!!!!!!

      iqanda - 2011-04-24 13:34

      all im saying is you are jealous of a black person having a noce wedding. who cares if tax is paying for it, there is plenty tax being received by government, even me im paying tax and i dont mind to pay for our leaders family to be married, stop being jelous man. your fathers and mother used tax money aswell in the old days so dont shout your mouth off here please. tax is not your money anyway you gave it away to the governmwent and it does not belong to oyu anymore get over yourself please , thank you

      Graeme de Villiers - 2011-04-24 13:46

      Real smart comeback pal. Your grasp of wit is remarkable. Perhaps you've eaten too many easter eggs today. Go and lie down and you might feel better later, but I doubt it. You'll still be as stupid.

      Gaanake - 2011-04-24 13:58

      Some of us who are aware of what is happening, happen to be black, pitch BLACK. Sometimes you need to forget colour and use brains, unless it has been (brain)washed beyond repairs and it has totally stopped functioning.

      lario.borges - 2011-04-24 14:01

      You are stupid...... tax is OUR money... please get a brain. tax is the money we give to support the people and infrastructure of our country. tax is given to the government for others and not for them. funnily enough the poor who vote the ANC don't pay much tax since they don't earn enough money..... so us people who see through the rubbish corruption have our hard earned tax money going towards a stupid corrupt government instead of rectifying the wrongs of the past and helping the people. you should leave the country! you do not understand that paying tax should help the needy yet it only helps the people you support

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:19

      @ Iqanda - heavens, you are really one stupid black. We are not jealous of the wedding at all. On the contrary, it just makes us more convinced of the suffering of the poor and impoverished.

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:28

      Your ignorance and stupidity knows no bounds. You would rather pay your hard earned money towards a black elite wedding and rather see your family starve. You are'nt ignorant and stupid, you are just braindead. Your parents, if you have any, must be sooooooo proud. It is our tax money which should be used for good service delivery etc but you obviously don't have a problem with you, your family and the poor living in shacks, no water, no ablution and excrement running past your house which you/they have to walk in to get anywhere? Well, I can see that I have been wasting my time feeling sorry for all of you who are suffering so badly. There will be no more sympathy from my part anymore and I am sure from many others after they have read your DUMBEST comments yet.

      justfeltlike - 2011-04-26 11:38

      This has nothing to do with Black or White, this has everything to do with the fact that a BLACK man died (Andries Tatane) while protesting for BASIC ESSENTIALS TO LIFE - WATER!!! And the Presidents DAUGHTER is able to call on the SAPS to deliver JEWELLERY SAFELY???? I am sure whoever was responsible for cleaning up the festivities was able to simply turn on a tap and clear away all the Salmon/ Lamb and Chicken leftovers off the guests plates..... I am so sick of hearing about Black and White, where the hell are your basic principles??

      whataloadof... - 2011-04-27 09:20

      Iqanda - you remind me of a Nazi dude! same stupid attitude!

  • onetickie - 2011-04-24 13:39

    They nauseate me. An obscene & vulgar display of materialism that they have worked for themselves but stolen from the poor and taken from the tax-payers. And WHY the western copy-cat yet again when at every opportunity they insult the West, Colonialism and Europeans but still want to see & do what those they insult do. AND THEY HAVE NO CONCEPT OF THE MEANING of Western/European style weddings. Someone should educate them to realize that money (especially corrupt money) can NEVER buy breeding, dignity or respect!

  • iqanda - 2011-04-24 13:44

    tax money is not yours you gave it to the government so it does not belong to you anymore if i give you airtime it is yours not mine, i cant dictate who you phone with it now, you are tryiong to dicate to the government how to spend ITS revenue, a minority dictating to a majority, what a dam joke!!!!

      Graeme de Villiers - 2011-04-24 13:50

      Ignorant cock....tax money is meant to be spent on the betterment of the country, not to pay for social platitudes and tickets to the game. Your time will come when your position at the trough will be given away and you'll be on the receiving end of some injustices by your own people. Look forward to the day and sleep well until then, in fact, use your airtime wisely, but save some credit for your last please call me.

      Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-04-24 14:17

      You are blinded by your naivity

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-04-24 14:33

      iqanda, if you give me money to feed your brother, and I buy a watch instead, are you entitled to be angry?

      ex-pat - 2011-04-24 15:09

      Iqanda, a little lesson here: we do not GIVE out tax money to the government; they TAKE it from us. They are supposed to then use it to improve the lives of EVERYONE, not just themselves and their families and friends!

      bladeboy - 2011-04-25 12:07

      where to start with you iqanda ? you are the product of the education system that comes about as a result of a government doing what they like with the taxes that are collected . Remember one thing all of the great social changes in history are based on the simple fact of no taxation without representation , something that is happening in SA more and more the longer the ANC stay in power .

      Kent007 - 2011-04-25 14:50

      @iqanda. I did not give my tax money to the government they took it from my pay. I have little choice in the matter

      Mordred - 2011-04-26 02:41

      If I send you the money, would you PLEASE, PLEASE do me a favour, purchase some rope, find a tree and go and hang yourself? I can assure you that you will be doing a great service to your country and will definitely not be missed.

      Drewster - 2011-04-26 21:22

      Shame. You really don't understand how a Constitutional Democracy works do you? The whole Zim saga really makes sense now. The entire nation thought Mugabe should be able to do just what he wants and he did. Successful experiment?

      whataloadof... - 2011-04-27 09:25

      Uuuummm - no - see the government workers are called PUBLIC SERVANTS - I elect who sits in parliament and thus if that stupid chop stuffs up my country and spends recklessly - I have every right to get pissed off. My taxes are being paid to government for assistance to my fellow citizen (not a public servant) and the security of my future - not to pay for some dumb ass wedding or fancy cars! But go ahead - you have clearly been brainwashed which is really very sad because the ANC knows that it can rely on the gullibility of the black lower class to keep it wealthy and in office. THIS my friend, was not Madibas dream!

  • don fillipe - 2011-04-24 13:49

    What happened to 'my culture'? - Parisian-themed? Why not goat skins, kraals and three-legged dogs running around. More like Marie Antoinette's resurrection. Terrible how these people 'waste' money they haven't earned - why is it so difficult to keep it humble? These people are not royalty - they have made vows to work for us - not spend 5 million on diamonds - what the hell!!!

      gizzy - 2011-04-24 15:22

      Those diamonds were loaned to them for the day. The wedding photos have been sold. No doubt the diamon lender wants free publicity.

      Mikus - 2011-04-26 17:43

      The diamond lender had to add a few finishing touches to the brown ring around his ankle

      whataloadof... - 2011-04-27 09:28

      bwahahaha - 3 legged dog running around - love it - some smiley and skop to eat and king corn - yip - what happened to African Pride - rather copy the WHITE TRADITION of a Parisian - WTF?

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-04-24 13:53

    The "colonial powers" are constantly badmouthed by the ANC and its various mouthpieces, and the African way is always praised, yet they embrace all the worst qualities of capitalism with the most horrible possible display of bad taste and wastefulness.These people are absolutely clueless.

  • Coin - 2011-04-24 14:09

    2011, Friend 1 - white male, early 40's, extensive background experience of the Jewellery Trade sector - employed by popular large African retail chain group for close to 20 years, was made redundant with immediate effect without any prior notice or options. "Here's your package, there's the door". 2011, Friend 2 - white male, early 50's, project manager with extensive IT background experience - EVENTUALLY, after months, got an interview with local SA Telecommunications company in Jhb., phones on the day of interview to confirm appointment and venue prior to his departure, all good, booked and confirmed! Arrives at reception and is informed that he must have been smoking something, no record of him, his appointment, the interviewer or the position and therefore a day pass cannot and may not be issued to him to enter the premises. Clearly, inside orders were to not allow any white males past the reception point. He has since moved to the UK on a highly skilled workers visa (indefinite leave to remain). 2011, staff member, white female late 30's - same SA telecommunication company - Informs one of my family members that all white and coloured employee's at the company are quickly being given packages and made redundant. She has since managed to secure another job however she had to relocate to another city and province and because of the timing, will not be able to vote in her former ward in the upcoming elections. Guess where 5,000,000 promised jobs are going to come from?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-04-24 14:14

    Weddings are supposed to be happy occasions. Let them be happy. Personally, if I were the groom, I would have been embarrassed by all that money.

      Mswati - 2011-04-24 14:25

      Why?

  • Tseleng - 2011-04-24 14:24

    A wedding befitting our President's daughter, wishing the newly wed a blessed marriage and blissful life. Doomsayers are eating humble pie. Love-it.

      gizzy - 2011-04-24 15:25

      Who's eating humble pie? What has humble pie got to do with this wedding? Eish!

      Mikus - 2011-04-26 17:44

      Dearest Tseleng, do you still have the misplaced enema pipe in your ear?

  • gizzy - 2011-04-24 15:10

    I wonder if Malema was there. Eish! having to sit through all these white tendencies must have choked the fat boy!!!!!

      Paul - 2011-04-24 16:16

      Maybe Malema is hiding in the cake....

      FerretGee - 2011-04-25 10:47

      @Paul.. If Malema was there there would be no cake, he would have eaten it all...

      bladeboy - 2011-04-25 12:09

      Let them eat cake while the country burns ..............heard that somewhere before

  • Carolyn - 2011-04-24 15:15

    She was accompanied by her father and four bridesmaids dressed in red gowns. Gosh he must have looked lovely in a red gown

  • Judith - 2011-04-24 15:20

    Really sad all of you. Yes it was outrageous and unacceptable. But you have all fallen into the usual racist trap. Shame - grow up

      Mswati - 2011-04-24 15:26

      What was outrageous and unacceptable?

  • gizzy - 2011-04-24 15:27

    I must say Duduzela looked beautiful. Must have got her looks from her mother!!!! Definately not from her fat, peanut head father. Pity her poor mother couldn't be there. She committed suicide.

      whoonga - 2011-04-25 06:02

      dats not funny at all

  • Paul - 2011-04-24 16:14

    What can I say, live the good live well you can, because the money is going to run out, and then you going to remember the happy day, when there was money, carry on live up the high life, all good times come to end some day, like they say the music will stop one day and then, back to the days of living the hard life. Money does not grow on tree's, so soon the only money you will get is by begging......

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-04-24 16:22

    I wonder how many peasants were invited to the wedding ?

      Slapper - 2011-04-24 16:26

      500 Pheasants, No Peasants.

      Paul - 2011-04-24 16:26

      None as it was a ELITE wedding, Im sure some big bribe deals were made at the wedding as well...

  • debrakayestylist - 2011-04-24 17:47

    "Live simply so others may simply live." — Mother Teresa

  • tryanything - 2011-04-24 17:55

    We should name some of the beneficiaries .......Im sure the Aurora Starving would love it. This whole FTP exercise is starting to anger a lot of people......

  • kuruption88 - 2011-04-24 17:56

    GAG!!

  • santa4 - 2011-04-24 18:20

    The article clearly says that the jewels were on loan and that the money from selling the rights to the wedding footed half the bill, not to mention that the groom is a successful businessman. so at what point exaclty was taxpayers money used for this wedding? it WASN'T!! so those of you saying it was are just a bunch of jealous, racist white idiots!I'm not a fan of Zuma myself but in this case the criticism is unjustified. when chelsea clinton threw a multi-million dollar wedding noone questioned whether that money was from ill-gotten gains that bill clinton accumulated while president or hilary did as secretary of state.everyone was just happy for them that they could give their daughter the wedding of her dreams. because they're white their money was legitimately acquired right?! yeah right.. These leaders of so-called first-world countries are the shadiest of them all, looting the resources of third-world countries to enrich themselves..

      Graeme de Villiers - 2011-04-24 18:27

      Look down, slowly. Brush vigourously, the chip will eventually fall off.

      tryanything - 2011-04-24 18:29

      I would be vey surprised if there was no taxpayers money in this .....However I agree with you on the First world leader bit.Just the same.

      santa4 - 2011-04-24 19:26

      @graeme I dont have a chip on my shoulder, i just hate hypocrisy and double standards. And people bitching for no reason other than that they are jealous and bitter..

      Mabhulwana - 2011-04-25 20:29

      @santa. Did you read in the article that the police officers were providing securing for the jewels that were on loan. At least they could have used the same company that was guarding Malema in court. Please remember that Zuma is not a well liked figure for reasons known to me and you: as such anything and everything associated with him smells.

      whataloadof... - 2011-04-27 09:33

      We wouldnt moan Santa if they hadnt created this little reputation for themselves - if they had been nose squeaky clean all the way, we would never have suspected a thing. But we do, cos we can, and I can tell you that the people starving up the road in the shacks close to where I live are not happy either. Reality is dawning on them that their esteemed president is doing squat for them and that in the old era apart from everything else - they had jobs and didnt starve. Go fivgure.

  • Anon - 2011-04-24 18:43

    Who said once upon a time about the masses standing at the castle doors "Let them eat cake".......and they revolted and replied "off with her head"?????? ..........and in another country "never in a 1000 years" Will the powers that be ever take note of what is going on around them and in the Arab countries???

  • Dikeledi - 2011-04-24 19:02

    Our country has gone into a serious state of disarray and it's a pity that as we speak,no meds & vaccines in hospitals and clinics,an essential human basic right,yet we have lots of money spent on expensive weddings.My heart bleeds for those innocent babies without proper vaccination cos of maladministration in this country.PATHETIC!!!!

      whoonga - 2011-04-25 01:01

      stop being bitter if it was ur wedding n u had money you wud hav done the same

      mlungisi.mabuza - 2011-04-25 11:04

      Dikeledi, Jealous makes you nasty..

      Mabhulwana - 2011-04-25 20:30

      what has this to do with this particular wedding? go and get married!

      whataloadof... - 2011-04-27 09:38

      Exactly Dikeledi - oh and to the other 3 posters - my family has money but we dont do these weddings - infact most of us get married in court or have something small and close knit - so no - not everyone believes that a lavish wedding is necessary.

  • Dale - 2011-04-24 19:06

    I don't earn anything like this couple and for my wedding we asked guests to donate money to a children's home. "Instead of gifts, the bridal couple requested gift vouchers from a variety of high-end stores"- shocking excess, so out of touch with the common man.

      Mabhulwana - 2011-04-25 20:36

      The gift vouchers were being asked for from their friends, not from you and me as such. If I were a friend of the couple I would have given them a gift from a high end store. When I got married my friends brought us gifts and it was not peculiar at all. Unless you have a problem with high end stores!

      whataloadof... - 2011-04-27 09:39

      Good for you Dale - that is an awesome awesome thing to have done.

  • lubegz - 2011-04-24 19:19

    How a story on a woman's wedding turns into a debate on how Europeans invented the luxuries that will be used is beyond me. And then these same posters complain about blacks supporting the ANC? Maybe some inward reflections towards the racial rhetoric they spew on every single story would do their cause some good. Because for swing voters like my family and I who have the ability to change the minds the DA is so concerned with winning, hearing white supremacy bs pretty much guarantees a vote for the status quo.

      VuyosWors - 2011-04-24 19:37

      Trouble is, you are spiting yourselves more than the whites when you vote ANC. You will see that in time to come.

      gizzy - 2011-04-24 19:50

      lubegz. I agree with you. I get pissed off as well when race gets brought into any discussion. I also get pissed off when the DA is forced dwon people's thraots. However you have to understand that the DA is made up of all kinds of people. These racist aren't DA they are just ANC. We need to get rid of them. I hate the ANC because they flaunt their oppulance and have no shame about stealing. They then have the cheek to show the poor a middle finger. Something has to give before the country goes up in smoke. The ANC of today is a disgrace to the ANC of Mandela and all the others before him that sacrificed so much. I do think this wedding is so over the top for a country of ours.

      gizzy - 2011-04-24 19:51

      "These racists aren't DA but anti ANC"

      lubegz - 2011-04-24 19:57

      "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven"

      lubegz - 2011-04-24 20:13

      gizzy; I agree 100%.

      Derek - 2011-04-26 08:52

      How on earth do you know that all the "white" commentators here are DA? The DA is a truly multi-racial, patriotic, hard working party and their true members do not embrace racism of any form. Most of the racist diatribe posted is more than likely from people with totally different ideologies to the DA, i.e. FF+ etc. Please don't tar all whites with the same brush and do us a favour and find out more about the DA, their people and the positive future they offer his country!

  • Wayne - 2011-04-24 20:43

    Trying to figure out how Showerhead can afford all this on a Presidential salary....hmmmm... Are they taking their own cattle to the ceremony or will they have caterers I wonder...

  • uluz - 2011-04-24 21:42

    sounds like what one would expect from a cheapswank, noveau riche` idiot and his fandamily. betcha the bride had been breached beforehand , red gown ( borrowed and all the trappings )-luv uluz

  • whoonga - 2011-04-25 01:09

    U people dnt wanna see a black diamond shine,if u go to Sandton u will see rich white kids playing with lamborghins and other fancy sport cars and no one complains but if its an african kid somehow its corruption.so this means if the Bafokeng king throws an expensive wedding is it also corruption or you jst dont want to see a black diamond shine???

  • whoonga - 2011-04-25 01:11

    U must just leave Duduzile alone she neva ran for elections and im sure if u can try to remember well she was not on the ballot paper when u voted.let her enjoy the moment

  • Lesley - 2011-04-25 01:47

    You ppl don't want 2 c a BLACK Diamond shine, go to Sandton and u will see white rich kids playing with Lamborghini's and other fancy sport cars and no one complains but when its a black person its corruption. So if the Bafokeng(north west) King throws an expensive wedding is it corruption or u just don't want 2 c a black diamond shine??

      Foxilass - 2011-04-25 02:39

      As I said, is this Parisian thing part of the "culture" they are so proud of? Their heritage?

      Zanu - 2011-04-26 08:05

      I live in Sandton. Most kids drive VW Golf 5's Lamborghini? u confusing that with Dubai where money grows on trees that we water ever time we fill our cars... where the most common form of death is choking on a diamond.

      justfeltlike - 2011-04-26 11:46

      Oh please, we are not speaking of a white person or a black person here, we are flawed to see such lavish opulence with a stamp of approval on this behaviour by the President. Who paid for this wedding and HOW? Surely not our President on his salary?? And btw I don't see rich white kids driving around in Lamborghini's in Sandton, I think you are confused...

  • Foxilass - 2011-04-25 02:38

    Is this Parisian thing part of their culture? Surely not!

  • pitbull - 2011-04-25 03:24

    How much of the taxpayer's money went to this wedding? If you want to get rid of the corruption in the government, vote out the ANC by voting for another party on May 18. It is the only way to get rid of them. Maybe, if we vote for someone else we can get this country back on track.

      mlungisi.mabuza - 2011-04-25 10:59

      Proof? assumptions are best to bring out a persons racist and foolish side. just because a black wealthy person was getting married, in your pre 1994 mind it immeditly clicks that tax payers money was used. Wake up pitbull, not every wealthy black man has his hand in the tax payer's purse. you know nothing about the groom to make such assumptions and i as a close reletive can tell you that most of the wedding was paid for by the groom. now please prove me otherwise.

      justfeltlike - 2011-04-26 11:50

      @mlungisi - no not every black man has access to the tax payers purse but they certainly encourage friendships that give access to the purse... And please tell me who paid for the police to collect her jewels and have them hand-delivered??? 25 000 people murdered a year in our country, maybe one could have survived had they had police protection as good??????

  • Geo - 2011-04-25 04:27

    I'm sure Juluis Malema wishes he can be one of the flower girls

  • Michael - 2011-04-25 04:48

    I am white and it sickens me to see the racist bile posted by white people on these forums. I am not surprised that this puts black people off voting DA. We are all human beings, there is no need to insult people just because you dont like their political party.

      Lourens Erasmus - 2011-04-25 06:24

      There is a big difference in telling the truth and just being racist. Truth is that many whites are jealous that black people can now have what we cannot afford. Whites question the source of the money - how many blacks contributed in taxes to this wedding? Whites didn't read that most of this lavish affair was sponsored. We only see blacks having a great old time whilst other countrymen live in squalor. That we see as being unfair. If you still believe the ANC to be a political party for the people then you are still living in 1994 euphoria. Most of the cadres only enrich themselves. The peepalls come way down the list of priorities. This is a sweeping statement and I'm happy to admit it. There are some exceptions - too few and far between. I also voted for the ANC - a long time ago - but (unlike you)has since realised the error of my ways.

      mlungisi.mabuza - 2011-04-25 10:54

      Thank you Micheal, what really pisses me off is the very insulting statements that people make on this site.

      Derek - 2011-04-26 09:04

      Michael, the white people posting racist bile are certainly not DA. We need to show our fellow black citizens what the multi-racial, patriotic DA is all about. Go to their web site or better still Helen Zille's facebook page to see what DA supporters, of all races are like.Our black brothers need to be shown that the DA way is far removed from some of these postings. If people take the trouble to find out about them they will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully get caught up in the positive vibe following their leaders ( of all races!) around the country.

  • Spiral - 2011-04-25 07:22

    Parisian-theme, I thought that tradition was everything to them. Why didn't she get married in her traditional bok skin it would have been so much cheaper and then they wouldn't needed all this jewellery. Using Lamborghinis........again what a joke.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-04-25 08:27

      And the music was provided by a hip-hop group of illegal immigrants specially flown in from Paris on diplomatic passports...

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-04-25 07:36

    Second-hand diamond jewellery anyone? How about a used Lambo?

  • Karen - 2011-04-25 09:16

    Congrats! May your marriage be a blessing!

  • djg - 2011-04-25 09:57

    imagine if it was a black rickshaw............

  • djg - 2011-04-25 10:02

    hey Don....whats a "bear" breast???