Mandla Mandela and new wife Rabia are living it up in London – see the pics

By Kirstin Buick
29 April 2016

The newlyweds were all smiles in photos the Royal House of Mandela traditional leader posted on Instagram.

Married life seems to suit Mandla Mandela and his new wife Rabia.

The newlweds, who were married in a lavish ceremony in Cape Town in February, were all smiles in photos the head of the Mvezo clan in the Eastern Cape posted on Instagram.

Seeing things with Nkosikazi Nosekeni @rabiaclarke through the London Eye County Hall #londoneye #countyhall #westministerbridge #marriotthotel #londontours

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Their holiday snaps include many of the UK capital's most famous attractions, including Big Ben, The London Eye, Paddington Station and pricey designer department store Selfridges.

Shopping always brings a smile Nkosikazi Nosekeni @rabiaclarke #missselfridges #oxfordstreet #london #shoppinghaven

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"Shopping always brings a smile Nkosikazi Nosekeni," Nelson Mandela's grandson (42) captioned a picture of his 24-year-old wife trying on some fashionable floppy-brimmed hats.

Time for a break, coffee and cupcakes with Nkosikazi Nosekeni @rabiaclarke #selfridges #oxfordstreet #london #shoppinghaven

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By the looks of all the bags the lovebirds left the store with, the brunette beauty clearly got spoilt!

Totally exhausted waiting for the train #paddingtonstation #londonlife #blendinginwiththelocals

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Mandla caused controversy with his traditional Muslim marriage to Rabia Clarke earlier this year, his fourth wife.
Read more: Mandla Mandela cleaning up his image The traditional leader was first wed to Tando Mabunu-Mandela in June 2004, and he's tied the knot three times since -- with teenager Anaïs Grimaud in 2010, with Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini (with whom he was seen walking the red carpet at President Zuma's State of the Nation Address in Cape Town earlier this year) in 2011, and now Rabia.

State Of The Nation Address with the amazingly beautiful Nkosikazi @nodiyala #sona2016 #saparliament #capetown #workthings

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Legally speaking though, Tando is Mandla's only spouse, after she petitioned to have his marriages to Anaïs and later Nodiyala annulled.

Keep smiling and make them wonder what's next up your sleeves #kwamandela #mvezokomkhulu #abathembu #traditional #attire

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Both times the Mthatha High Court agreed, granting annulments in 2014 and 2011 respectively. Read more: Mandla Mandela in court for assaulting teacher Tando plans to turn to the courts again to have the marriage to Rabia annulled. She and Mandla are still legally married, her lawyer, Wesley Hayes, confirms.

They’ve been in a bitter legal battle over what Mandla owes her following their split.

Tando wasn't the only person fuming over Mandla's latest union. Traditional leaders and family members have all spoken out about the head of the house of Mandela converting to Islam before marrying Rabia.

Read more: Madiba’s ‘lovechild’ won’t give up

“I don’t like what he did at all,” his niece, Gloria Mkwedini, told the Sunday Times. “I think Mandla should have stuck to his religion and not converted because of this woman. What will happen if she leaves him? It’s contrary to our culture for someone to leave his religion for that of his wife.” But on their travels, Mandla and Rabia seemed to have left the fracas behind them in SA -- the two look like newlyweds without a care in the world. No word on whether the royal couple will be popping around to the palace for tea with the Queen.

Best shot of the day #photography #paddingtonstation #londonlife #randommoments

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