Lavish wedding for Zuma's girl
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
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 R1,5 million. She and her bridesmaids were collectively decked out in more than 1,000 diamonds worth R4,5 million.
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.
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.
Sambudla, 31, wore a cream suit and matching bow tie. Elephants roamed the grounds in the background as the couple exchanged vows.
Some of the guests included businessman Vivian Reddy and wife TV actress 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.
The couple met three years ago when Duduzile was on the board of Gupta-owned Sahara Computers.