Zuma's 'fiancée' hospitalised

2008-01-13 19:48

Johannesburg - Swazi Princess Sebentile Dlamini was so disappointed at hearing that ANC president Jacob Zuma had taken another wife, that she had to be taken to hospital to be treated for depression.

Dlamini, 38, who has been waiting to marry Zuma for the past five years, was devastated when she discovered he was marrying Nompumelelo Ntuli.

A Swazi royal household source said: "The media didn't help much, the wedding was splashed all over. She couldn't run away from it, even the overseas news channels were covering it."

The source said Dlamini felt she was being humiliated in public.

The fact that Zuma was marrying Ntuli after Dlamini had been waiting for so long "is a sign that he is not interested in her".

"He should come clean and tell her he is no longer interested.

"The fact that he is marrying another wife is not a problem. We know he is a polygamist. But he is not saying anything about marrying her," said the source.

Zuma paid 10 cattle as lobola for Dlamini in 2002.

Royal spokesperson Qethuka Dlamini said Zuma had said nothing about officially marrying the princess since then.

Zuma married Ntuli, with whom he has two children, at his Inkandla homestead, north of KwaZulu-Natal, last week.

When she was approached for comment about her depression, the princess's immediate response was: "I see, my sister, you have heard that as well."

Without City Press mentioning that she had been in a particular hospital, she said: "I don't remember being in Mbabane Clinic."

She said the news of her depression was "interesting" and that the rumours might be about someone else.

"I won't confirm something I don't know. People who know Sebentile will never say such a thing," she said.

Prince Masitsela Dlamini, who is regarded as Sebentile's father after her biological father passed away, refused to comment. City Press has been unable to contact Zuma for comment.