President Zuma says 'I Do' to MaNgema
His three wives are expected to attend today's ceremony and will welcome Ngema and her family tomorrow afternoon. She will then dance before the Zuma family and present them with gifts in a traditional ceremony, Umabo
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will say "I do" to his latest bride in a "strictly family affair" today.
Zuma and Gloria Bongekile Ngema are expected to formalise their relationship in front of family and close friends at his Nkandla home in northern KwaZulu-Natal before celebrating at a private reception this evening.
Despite the heavy veil of secrecy thrown over the wedding preparations, yesterday's hive of activity in his village was a clear indication that hundreds of villagers would try to get a glimpse of today's nuptials.
Since news broke of the wedding a week ago, family members and close friends were ordered to remain tight-lipped on the details, with some being monitored while others were simply told to "keep quiet".
But some could not resist and openly said the wedding was scheduled to take place today and that a gleaming white marquee was being erected at the nearby Mnyakanya Stadium for the reception.
Ngema, a businesswoman who has a three-year-old child with Zuma, has not been kept a secret and has even been on official state business.
Ngema accompanied the president to France last year.
Those involved in the preparations said the family took a decision to have a private ceremony because Zuma and his new wife could not properly celebrate with journalists around to scrutinise his life.
Zuma has often been criticised for his polygamous lifestyle and at least 20 children.
Zuma's other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo "MaNtuli" Zuma and Thobeka Stacey Mabhija.
He divorced Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in 1998.
Another wife, Kate Zuma, committed suicide several years ago.
His three wives are expected to attend today's ceremony and will welcome Ngema and her family tomorrow afternoon.
She will then dance before the Zuma family and present them with gifts in a traditional ceremony called Umabo.