Zuma paying for his own wedding

2012-04-15 22:20

Johannesburg - The wedding of President Jacob Zuma to his fourth wife, Bongi Ngema, will be a private family ceremony in Nkandla next weekend, the presidency said on Sunday.

The cost of the ceremony was to be paid by Zuma with there being no government expenditure involved, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The privacy of the couple and family has been requested to be respected. Maharaj said reports in the media suggesting the state bore the maintenance costs of Zuma's wives, was incorrect.

"The spouses pay their own living or household expenses, be it food, mortgages, lights, water and so forth. Nothing is paid for by the state in the four households of the spouses. They live in private homes," he said.

The presidency did provide logistical and administrative support for spouse participation at state and official functions and provided a total of 60 domestic economy class flights per a year for child and child-minder travel. Transport costs for school-going children were also included.

Otherwise, the living expenses of Zuma's children were borne by the family and not the state, Maharaj said.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-15 22:34

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if he forked out the R64 million upgrade to his compound as well? It is, after all, for the wife and her family.

      Sharon - 2012-04-16 07:40

      AH yes, Zuma is paying for it out of his own pocket, would that be the P.A.Y.E pocket which every Corruptician has their snout in... Corrupticians and Banksters belong in Jail.

      Sharon - 2012-04-16 07:50

      haha - well hello, it looks as if I am talking to myself!!!!

      Foc - 2012-04-16 08:25

      Sharon this is not really a chat-line so don't expect answers for every comment .... only the REAL interesting comments get replies ... so try a little harder :-)

      Alan - 2012-04-16 08:46

      well - coming from Mac M, I wonder if there is one iota of truth in the statement.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-16 09:32

      Our Pres enjoys getting married. After all, weddings are a great place to meet women.

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-16 09:50

      wikipadea - Zoo(mer) Seriously dunno where to start this $hit is just to easy.Showehead? 4th Wife?Aids contributions?Gravvy train? lets create our own definition of the president, noted not mine, perhaps presidents in africa should take a different meaning/definition too?Self glorifying genocidal bastards that can see no futher than their first wife due to the huge mass of whale blubber, therefore blocking his insight into south african business and internal affairs. Also failing in a party that will always fail due to their behavious such as we have seen in the past i.e. throws bricks at each other. I seriously think that a prayer should follow south africa in wikipedia becasue we are going no where slowly with shower head.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 10:48

      This is a News24 link from 2009 that discusses all the president's expenses.

      Andrew - 2012-04-16 14:42

      Dont forget the taxpayer is forking out R15.5m for "logistical and administration support" for his present harem, will this now increase again for the additional member. Bear in mind the present amount is almost double that paid for Mbeki,s family. So Mac tell it like it is dont try fool the public and say taxpayers will not be footing the bill.

  • Andile - 2012-04-15 22:35


      elewies - 2012-04-16 07:45

      All well but will HE be paying for the marriage as well? Or will taxpayers sustain the lovely couple?

      Alan - 2012-04-16 08:47

      Where can I send a wedding gift? I have some brand new E-Tags to give away.

  • Christo - 2012-04-15 22:37

    Say what you want, he knows how to pull women

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-15 22:53

      I suspect if one is a well-brought up Zulu lady then saying No to the President is not an option.

      Marion - 2012-04-15 23:35

      Power and money always pull women. Best aphrodisiac there is.

      Irene - 2012-04-16 01:05

      LOL! Have you noticed the calibre of women he 'pulls'? I sure wouldn't call them 'trophys'.

      Mack - 2012-04-16 06:43

      @ Irene. To each his own. Just because his wives aren't the ideal media perpetuated western 'trophys' does not mean that they are not beautiful women to the prez

      Foc - 2012-04-16 08:27

      Marion you make it sound as if women are rather 'shallow'?

      Marion - 2012-04-16 09:50

      @Foc - I don't intend to make it sound as though women, in general, are shallow so I apologize to women out there if they think that is what I am saying. I am just stating what I believe to be a fact. Why else would a really sexy young woman, not necessarily stupid, be drawn to a filthy rich old man who drives a Lamborghini? What is sexy about The Donald yet he attracts beautiful young women like a magnet. Maybe love comes somewhere along the line in some cases, but the initial attraction, in my opinion, is the money and the power.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-04-15 22:37

    Bull, bull and more bull! I hope he's had a vasectomy! He's got far too many kids!

  • serlina.kistan - 2012-04-15 22:38

    Wtf hes getting married again! Sick!

  • Cris - 2012-04-15 22:49

    Congratulations Mr President. We wish you many more. LoL

      Marion - 2012-04-15 23:36


      Alan - 2012-04-16 08:50

      I want to start a new business importing showerheads from China.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-15 22:52

    South African taxpayer to finance the marriage for the next 30+ years.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:19

      The untold reality.

  • Dru Jnr Gale - 2012-04-15 22:52

    where did he get money mr mawhatwhat its state money don't full us coz instead of eradicating poverty you're increasing it,you say better life 4 all,its better life Zuma a chief not a president

  • Ian - 2012-04-15 22:58

    He is working and is paying for his wedding. Why people always think it is the state money. Next time people will be saying he is using state oxygen to breathe.

      Irene - 2012-04-16 01:06

      Because we all know what a filthy, corrupt bunch of thieves the anc are.

      Alan - 2012-04-16 09:03

      @Ian Well - the State may nationise the air soon as well!! Seems to me that whatever the Govt. and it's 'servant' officials do, these is a new scandal brewing. I think this just highlights the extent of corruption going on. If it's not the Pres getting a new wife (paying labola - cash cows comes to mind), or Sanral and pension funds, or Gauteng paying 6Mil for 2 funerals of nobody's, or the ANCYL, then it's some new scandal. It seems obvious that the Govt. has lost massive support on all fronts, yet they continue to try to rule by changing legislation. This the democracy thay Mr Mandela gave his life for? I think not.So when MR MAc Maharaj says that this was all privately paid for (knowing Mr Mac's tendency to only tell the truth), I have to wonder.

      Rajendra - 2012-04-16 22:08

      He will be soon. With an over dose of Viagra, and 4 wives to satisfy.... the state will be payng for his oxygen bill. Sure you are a pensioner or not contributing to the tax system any more and we paying your bills too. These kind of comments only come from the uneffected or tenderprenuers.

  • martin.cornelius3 - 2012-04-15 22:58

    Viva jacob zuma viva!!!!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-16 08:49

      Perhaps then @martin.cornelius you would also support this: A network of underground rooms is the latest addition to President Jacob Zuma's lavish Nkandla estate. There are contradictory claims about the costs of the project. After initially refusing to comment, the department of public works said it was spending R36-million on security related construction. Government and ANC sources have put the total budget at between R69-million and R400-million. The department did not comment on the underground accommodation. It also appears that one of the companies contracted by the department of public works to do construction work in Nkandla, Bonelena Construction Enterprise and Projects, employs Zuma's niece. The M&G met a Bonelena manager who introduced herself as Mrs Zuma at the site. She is described by workers as the sister of high-profile nephew Khulubuse. The company declined to comment and other Zuma relatives contacted by the M&G refuse to discuss the issue. Accredited to Mail & Guardian

  • thulanit3 - 2012-04-15 23:00

    We wish u well Mr Pres, dont mind the racists.

      Marion - 2012-04-15 23:38

      @thulanit3 - you've got that 100% wrong. You should have said don't mind the taxpayers who object to paying for his polygamous relationships. Racism has got nothing to do with it.

      Irene - 2012-04-16 01:07

      Shame thulani3, when will you be able to figure out the difference between criticism and racism? Maybe another 300 years?

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-16 08:15

      As they say, takes one to know one.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-16 08:52

      Thula - nit (X3)

      Rajendra - 2012-04-16 22:00

      Thula Baba.... You don't know the meaning of racism. Glad you got the spelling right for RACIST. Its people like you who have put idiots like him in power, and we suffer. How many tenders di you get awarded.

  • Frans - 2012-04-15 23:08

    The joke is, Mac actually believes himself. Mac lick your lips and you'll taste the bull you're talking.

  • miandra.vanzyl - 2012-04-15 23:11

    Mr president all your wives are in good condition. Why dont you rather give those 64million that you want to spend on your houses to the poor people. They are struggling and need houses, water, education.... You already had six weddings. Six brides with the 7th one on its way. That is no example for a country where people are strugling to survive. Show us you care about your people and give those money which we paid with our taxes to the poor!!

      Chris - 2012-04-16 01:03

      He already spent the R64M.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-16 12:51

      Miandra, he can't give you anything, he has already spend the money. Guess what he didn't think of the poor for one moment, not then, not now and not ever. At election time he will be amongst you, rubbing his hands, smiling a fatherly smile and you will all run to the election booths to vote for him, so he can spend another R64million without any worries at all.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-04-15 23:18

    Mac u a old bt u a lying man. Mr Z cnt even repay his loan frm shaik. How cn he aford da wedding. Just say it,we a used to it, tax payers money being misused. Its no longer hurting us. Anyway how did u get dat post,is it because of arms deal?

      Chris - 2012-04-16 01:06

      Maybe SARS must investigate him. There no way he can afford all this on his salary. Mind you, he has so many french benifits, it might be possible.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:17

      Possible a BEE benefactor.

  • Peter - 2012-04-15 23:19

    Paying for her own house too?

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:16


  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-04-15 23:24

    Mac praat Kac

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:16

      Understand your emotions, try to control them, this is public platform. BTW 100% agreeing with you. Actualy insulting our intelligence.

  • Eeny Meeny Miney Mo - 2012-04-15 23:29

    Ok, so he's paying for the wedding himself. His main duty is working for us, so shouldn't the public know how he makes his money not connected to the presidency? Isn't that a transparent government? (Stupid question really considering the secrecy bill they want to pass) Is he also paying the R64mil upgrade to his homestead? I doubt that. Transparency is not in this government's vocabulary.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:13

      64m from public works, i.e taxpayer.

  • Marion - 2012-04-15 23:34

    In an ideal world there wouldn't have even been any doubt that he would pay for his own wedding. He got a massive R15m increase on the presidential salary when he took office, plus the tickets plus schooling plus medical aid plus plus plus for his family. His salary 'package' is way above anything Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki got. If his kids get so many air tickets for private travel how many do his wives get? His lifestyle is his own choice, but taxpayers should not be required to pay for it. One president, one wife and as many children as that poor wife can bear is acceptable for the taxpayer to pay for in my opinion.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:11

      Consiquence of a large hosehold.

      Alan - 2012-04-16 09:05

      Hose hold? Indeed!

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-15 23:48

    Oh! Well in that case Congrats!!! (Thou we must make sure that things remain this way even after the wedding). I wonder who will support all those kids after he retires...mmm

      Marion - 2012-04-15 23:59

      @Muhammed - every President (and Deputy to my knowledge) continues to get a fat paycheck from the government after leaving office.

      Christelle - 2012-04-16 00:37

      O heck, Muhammed, you know who will get the blame if things don't go financially well with them at any stage.......

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 01:10

      Also their spouses until they meet their ancestors. You are right Marion. I think this is what Mac Mahaaj missed to tell the people of Mzantsi. I think he ommited this one intentionally.

  • Gareth - 2012-04-15 23:53

    However his yearly salary is contributed solely by the tax paying citizens , so really we are paying, again ....

  • Raj - 2012-04-15 23:55

    Wow!!!! If so, then it is his first step in the right direction.

  • Bongeka - 2012-04-16 00:10

    That's very good Mr President if you're paying from your own pocket.That's what real man does.But I just wish you can understand what the outcry is all about.You see a guy like me(Bongeka)if he marries a dozen women nobody will say anything to me except my wives of course because they all need me.How I pay my lobola,buy houses for them and keeping the fires burning in their houses is solely my business and no one else.Why is that?Because I work,earn an honest salary and spend it the way I want to. You're a public figure.And everything you do the public has to know about it.You're a people's servant and they pay your salary.So I don't think you'll blame all this outcry flying all over the media.People have to ask questions and they deserve answers.They've labelled you with all sorts of bad things you can think of.But you know what,you can still turn tables around.And you don't need to be a pholosopher,magician or a Mesiah to do that.Just do the right thing.Give people what they need and deserve.Try and spend more on them and the infrastracture and you'll see.All these negetive comments will just vanish. Mangaung is on the way and the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

      Christelle - 2012-04-16 00:40

      Amen Bongeka -you have it spot on. No colour issues, no black/white issues. Only one issue - be a servant to the people - look after our country and our country will look after you.....

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 00:58

      Good point Bongeka. All we need is emparthy and honesty. The real point here is that after this wedding, their upkeep will be the burden of the taxpayer. Wedding costs are a small cake.

      Christopher - 2012-04-16 05:00

      Yes Zuma is pay 4 his own wedding ke a belaela is taxpayers money,what about R64 million house well he is not earning more than R2 million a year“Mis Thuli Mathonzela must interfere,this is scandals

  • Gift - 2012-04-16 00:27

    So where is the spousal support going to then because either way we are paying for this wedding

  • Bongeka - 2012-04-16 01:43

    @Luviwe.Thanks very much sisi if my apology was accepted.Ndiyabulela.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 02:09

      Bongeka ndiyintsizwa.

  • Grace - 2012-04-16 01:49

    ' the president's Nkandla homestead had been given a R64m upgrade that included six new double-storey thatch rondavels for his wives and family '. And where did that come from hmmmm??? R64 000 000!!!! Sickening

      Bongeka - 2012-04-16 02:12

      Well Grace only God knows what He has in store for us.God bless South Africa Amen.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-16 02:23

    Liar liar pants on fire!! Why then spend R64 million on upgrading the residence and 6 DOUBLE storey rondawels nogal! How do u know when Mac is lying..when he opens his mouth!

      Bongeka - 2012-04-16 02:33

      That's why politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.

      Grace - 2012-04-16 05:12

      Exactly! Where did the R64mil come from and he's got 4 wives so it makes me wonder who the other 2 houses are for. Has he got another 2 wives lined up?

      Clement - 2012-04-27 04:44

      If it was possible for Madiba to metamorphosise into a 50 year old you know,just to save us from this machine gun.haai!

  • Bongeka - 2012-04-16 02:25

    @Luviwe.Wow!sorry s'bali,my mistake.But both our names are like that.You can't tell if this is a woman or a man before you see or have a serious talk.Ungixolele mfowethu.But I guess you also thought I was a girl at first.

  • Kingpin - 2012-04-16 02:54

    You fool will not fool us and pls stop insulting our intelligence. What happened to mthethwa 200000 expediture using state funds? So stop your never stop defending modes on everything. I am gatvol nou

  • yolandie.vanderberg - 2012-04-16 03:49

    He isn't even legally married to any of them in the eyes of the law yet we pay for his \wives\. Amazing how the president doesn't follow the most baisc of laws

      Marion - 2012-04-16 10:33

      @yolandie - in South Africa polygamy is legal. Only the first wife gets registered as the 'legal' wife. The others are common-law wives. However I do recall something being said at one time about the common-law wives not being registered with Home Affairs in terms of customary union so you are probably spot-on when you say they are not legal in the eyes of the law (at least the 2nd, 3rd etc.,)

      yolandie.vanderberg - 2012-04-16 15:04

      Yes poligamy is legal but for every wife you need to go to court and appy for the marriage to be classified as legal. In the whole SA there are 3 legal marriages zuma is not 1 of them

      Heiku - 2012-04-16 17:26

      Only 3 people are married in the whole of SA? Ok so... my parents are two of those, that I know. The other one must be lonely...

  • David - 2012-04-16 04:59

    Thanks for clarifying this point mac, I was always wondering if my tax money pays for this.

      Gregory - 2012-04-16 05:35

      Your tax doesn't even cover one wife's cell phone bill bud.

      anchukana - 2012-04-16 07:09

      Like seriously now david, r u that gulible as to believe any of the things the good maharaj says? Ofourse your tax money pays for the zuma homes bills and luxuries...

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-16 05:02

    We have an obligation as a nation to pray for all our leaders such as the President.May God give this nation leaders that will not be arrogant once they are in power.Let us pray and work towards a non-corrupt society by 2030.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-16 05:07

    Mmmmm ja, is it April Fools Day AGAIN ??

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 05:17

    This man, his marriages, and what he stands for is a joke....

  • Gregory - 2012-04-16 05:28

    I saw a security guard buying food for his family , he works 12 hours almost every night of his life, he looked so sad parting with his hard earned cash, for a pathetic pile of groceries ,my heart went out to this dude. Zuma's birthday cake cost more the his entire Years salary. Please Guys don't vote ANC. It's a crime against humanity .

      Marion - 2012-04-16 10:35

      So often one sees people in the grocery stores and they are standing in front of the mealie meal, counting their coins, to see what they can afford. A friend of mine has a butchery and these poor guys come in and buy bones to get a bit of meat flavour with their food / make soup. Yet it is said the poor like to see that their leaders live excessive lifestyles. I don't think those people feel that way.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-16 12:56

      Gregory, that made me feel very sad and very helpless.

  • Zighom - 2012-04-16 05:33

    Maharaj is belittling the issue. The wives benefit beyond what he says. Don't the wives get medical and pension benefits, body guards, secretaries, and so many things he's not saying?

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-16 05:36

    This article claims that the government only funds any travels or other expenses relating to events or whatever that Zuma, his wife or his kids attend. It's also very clear that the government does not fund any private expenses. That's like saying 2 2 = 10. You don't have to have an accounting degree to know that it is IMPOSSIBLE Zuma financed the R64m renovations on his home through his own pocket. He hasn't even been president long enough to save that kind of cash! Especially not with so many wives and children whom this article claims he supports without help from the government. As for this wedding, with labola and all the traditional requirements for a cultural wedding, the size of his extensive family etc...I don't see how he can afford to pay for this one himself either...unless he's booked an appointment with home affairs and left it at that.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 10:38

      My domestic workers sister's boyfriend has, apparently, to pay R50 000 lobola and R50 000 damages 'cos she has a child. He earns about R10 000 a month and supports girlfriend and child. How will he ever raise that kind of money legally unless he wins the lottery. I'm sure Jacob Zuma's wives would require far greater lobola 'cos they are educated.

  • Zighom - 2012-04-16 05:38

    And why must we pay for Zuma's brood of kids to travel by plane and even to go to school? Have u seen how many kids walk to school everyday in this country?

  • Wanda - 2012-04-16 05:59

    I don't care who pays for what. My main concern is that the President is not setting good example to the nation.

      Jayson - 2012-04-16 06:56

      Agreed Wanda. Some foreign country's still believe that we have elephants running up and down our streets. What message is he sending to the rest of the world, that we as South Africans are still stuck here in the dark ages. I do respect the Zulu culture. But he as a president should represent the average South African. We are not all Zulu.

  • nhlamulo.lesley - 2012-04-16 06:08

    We were nt born yesterday maharaj,i still dont understsnd y is marrying again

  • Phathiswa Mtebele - 2012-04-16 06:16

    That is a lie. there is no way he is paying for that wedding. I'm sure we also paid for the lobola.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-16 06:20

    The question is how many foreign dignatories will be invited and will the taxpayer foot the bill for these visitors as with the ANC centenary celebrations?

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-16 06:22

    None now. But the tax payer will fork out for the rest of thier lives.

  • lavida.locca - 2012-04-16 06:24

    Mara Zuma you are a serious disgrace...the country thirsty for jobs n so forth...wena u don't care in engaging yourself in critical issues yet you want second term..i wish you get it in jail..DA pls hurry with the enquiry....

  • Larry - 2012-04-16 06:24

    All Zuma's income is ill-gotten gains, whether Shaik slips him a tenner or presidential salary. the citizens of this country will pay for this farce with more than money.

  • lavida.locca - 2012-04-16 06:27

    Mr President pls take sometimes and this comments....they will useful in d future

  • trevor.hluvukani - 2012-04-16 06:27

    can't he c dat he's grown da age of 70..wats wrong wit dis old his doings is 4 young starz

      Mimi - 2012-04-16 06:45

      Trevor u can say that again...this grandfather ia old man..why does he want a wife 4 everyday. Mara these ladies nabo...haai...! Is it the 1st lady s\r\ntatus or what...! Ext annoyed n pissed off....ugugile period...he is supp 2 be rocking his grandchildren n now his own children are old enough to be his grandchildren...! Uyasihlaza seriously....

  • Jean - 2012-04-16 06:32

    But they used it before to pay Lobola and other expenses,

  • Adrian - 2012-04-16 06:43

    Vote DA

  • Lesego Wesinyana - 2012-04-16 06:49

    This statement by Mac is just to fool us around, cos we personaly know that we are the ones who is going to feed that family. So my fellow South Africans lets put an end to this.

      Sabelo Sikhosana Smalfather - 2012-04-16 07:18

      u mean does not earning like everyone working?

  • Neo - 2012-04-16 06:50

    You guys are so naïve so sit and wait for a move that president zuma and u act like he does'nt work himself but on other hand I'm dead sure that you on comment on yourself course he does not have time to read the crap u write here. Nxa

      thapsta - 2012-04-16 07:02

      go back to school and learn how to put a sentence together before commenting here. Full stop.....

      thapsta - 2012-04-16 07:02

      go back to school and learn how to put a sentence together before commenting here. Full stop.....

      DaddyLoresh - 2012-04-16 07:49

      Booooooo,,,thumbs down!

      DaddyLoresh - 2012-04-16 07:50

      Booooooo,,,thumbs down!

      Den - 2012-04-16 11:21

      @ neo 64 bar on his house, you ok with that? does this house belong to the state after hes president? or does he get to keep it and sell it later?? wake up neo. just a different style of theiving.

      Rajendra - 2012-04-16 21:38

      Neo, BABA, Mfutu, Hope your reading is better than your writing skills. Take your time and read the comments slowly first. Then paly them back in your mind. once you have comprehended what the commentator is saying, type your reply / comment in word, do a spell and grammer check or get JZ's speech writers to proof read it before posting. Ok Mfutu!