A touch of Paris

By admin
29 April 2011

He may hold the highest office in the land, making daily decisions that affect millions of his countrymen. But on this day he was just another proud South African father accompanying his daughter up the aisle as she prepared to marry the man of her dreams.

President Jacob Zuma could barely contain his delight as he walked Duduzile towards her groom, politician-turned-businessman Lonwabo Sambudla (31), at luxurious Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve near East London on 23 April.

More than 600 guests, including minister of mining Susan Shabangu and justice minister Jeff Radebe, businessman Vivian Reddy, waited patiently for Dudu to arrive.

The 28-year-old bride, who arrived with her famous father in a white rickshaw, was a vision in white silk and chiffon with Swarovski crystals adorning her wedding gown.

Diamonds worth millions glistened around her neck and slender wrists and her silver Christian Louboutin shoes completed the fairytale princess look.

Dudu and Lonwabo’s big day was considered one of the weddings of the year yet mainstream media were kept away. That’s because exclusive rights to their white wedding were scooped up by maverick businessman Kenny Kunene, who put the wedding photographs on his recently launched website www.zaronline.co.za.

Kenny explains he and his business partner, Gayton McKenzie, made a proposal of privacy to the couple who then agreed to give them exclusive rights to the wedding photographs.

They also helped to organise the entertainment, he says. That could explain why everything seemed rather lavish with French champagne flowing freely at the wedding which had a Parisian theme in keeping with Dudu’s wishes.

There was much dancing and singing in Zulu, Kenny says. But there were also poignant moments, such as when Duduzile lit a candle for her late mom, Kate Mantsho.

President Zuma then took the podium to speak lovingly about his daughter and his family. It’s clear there’s a strong bond between him and Dudu, who has a twin brother, Duduzane.

After the formal wedding ceremony it was time for the afterparty, arranged by Kenny and his ZAR team. “It was like a concert because the wedding was more than a family thing,” the businessman says. “We wanted the public to have a good time at this wedding too.”

Read more about the glamorous event in YOU, 5 May 2011.

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