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By LULAMILE FENI, Avusa Media | Sep 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 31 ]

The newlyweds have two children together – 2-year-old Zazi and 11-month-old Ziwelene

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Zondwa Mandela and the love of his life spent the last two years planning their perfect day and last Sunday, the two finally made it official and tied the knot in a traditional ceremony.

Mandela, who is the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, finally spoke about his big day this week.

Love was in the air in Qunu when Mandela and SABC television producer Lindo Zici wed in a lavish traditional wedding held at his grandfather's home.

“The feeling is indescribable. We’ve been planning this for close to two years now and it required family consultation. Our grandparents – Madiba, mama Winnie [Madikizela-Mandela] and mama Graca [Machel] – were an integral part of that journey,” an upbeat Mandela said.

The 27-year-old is the eldest son of Madiba and Madikizela-Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi.

The Mandela s gave Lindo the new marriage name of Nondzolo. Giving a bride a new name is part of the Xhosa culture to install her as a new family member. Her in-laws will call her by that new name.

The Mandelas were not the only ones celebrating an addition to their family.

Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni and Bantu Bam, son of the late Land Claims Court Judge President Fikile Bam, also said “I do” to their respective partners.

Both Mandela and Bam chose to do a traditional wedding as part of celebrating their respective cultures.

Mandela said that he and Zici have been together for four years now and the timing could not have been more perfect.

“My wife has been the perfect contributor to our family. She is supportive, nurturing and warm, strong, loyal, kind and just a lovely, loving human being.”

The newlyweds have two children together – 2-year-old Zazi and 11-month-old Ziwelene.

Mandela’s 28-year-old wife is from Hillcrest in Mthatha.

Speaking about their wedding, he said it was important for them to go the traditional route.

“I asked Lindo if it was okay to engage her family on my intentions and from that point we adhered to the relevant traditional protocols,” Mandela said.

The couple have decided to have a white wedding in February next year.

Bam married Nthabiseng Kubheka in Ngcobo at the weekend. The couple has two children.

Bam and his wife said that the aim of the traditional-style wedding was to highlight the appreciation of preserving the way in which Xhosa culture carried out wedding proceedings.

“Last year, both my father and my close uncle died, but this year I am celebrating. It would have been incredible if they were here to witness the wedding. Both played a pivotal role in my life,” Bam said.

The deputy minister wed Thato Abrahams at Dan’s Country Lodge outside Mthatha. As with Mandela’s wedding, media was not allowed.

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Nondzolo??? whooow!!!!

Sep 28, 2012 1:56 | 0 replies

Zindzi o ne a sa nyalwa ha Hlongwane, kapa mohlomong ke ya fosa. Ka traditional marriage ke ha o kopangwa badimo, jwale lona ba ha Mandela le etsa jwang na? That is why there is so much divorce in this country.

Oct 01, 2012 9:11 | 0 replies

@DJ-Winner
If this was a Zulu thing, people would be whining about tax by now...Even Sowetan would be whining. There is tomuch tribalism in this country...
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I disagree, Zondwa is/was a business partner of Khulubuse Zuma and he's not a chief or traditional leader. Our tax is untouched here and that's why there is no whining...

Oct 01, 2012 9:53 | 0 replies

@Intomb'omxhosa
Nondzolo??? whooow!!!!
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Should be spelt Nonzolo

Oct 01, 2012 9:54 | 0 replies

Bobodlwane
What is it with the,Zenani, Zondwa, Zizi, Zazi, Ziwelene hayi mani the ZZZZZZZZ is too much
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Very nice names. Short and sweet...

Oct 01, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

Zenani (Zeni) Mandela was married to Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini and one of their sons is Prince Cedza Dlamini. NOTE: Prince Dlamini's kids are using their father's name.

Zindziswa (Zindzi) Mandela-Hlongwane, married to Mr Hlongwane and her son is Zondwa Gadaffi Mandela, her daughter Zoleka Mandela.

This looks like Mr Hlongwane is married by the Mandelas,or is Zondwa Gadaffi Mandela the son of Mr Hlongwane or Muama Gadaffi?

Oct 01, 2012 10:48 | 0 replies

@Loggs
Zindziswa (Zindzi) Mandela-Hlongwane, married to Mr Hlongwane and her son is Zondwa Gadaffi Mandela, her daughter Zoleka Mandela.

This looks like Mr Hlongwane is married by the Mandelas,or is Zondwa Gadaffi Mandela the son of Mr Hlongwane or Muama Gadaffi?
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You're right. This boy is a Hlongwane and not a Mandela. Even the name Zondwa is a Madiba clan name. The boy was not even named by the Hlongwanes, as you say, Mr Hlongwane was married by the Mandelas. He can't even name his kids!. Gadaffi is a middle name, like others would be John, James etc. I know a few Xhosa guys whose middle names are Nyerere, Mengistu (named after African leaders)

Oct 01, 2012 11:1 | 0 replies

@VENDALIOUS
Your comment is equal to my stupidity. However, I am not worse than you because I reserve my lunacy contained in my intact capacity of nonenty. 1-1

Oct 01, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies

People should stop being lazy and stop using other peoples surnames for economic benefits and recognition. Where are the Hlungwani's in this marriage, just asking?.

Oct 01, 2012 1:49 | 0 replies

Nondzolo!!! They havent welcomed her yet to the family.......her name too should begin with a "Z" or did you guys get it correctly may be its Zanzolo or something like that!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 01, 2012 2:40 | 0 replies

Do we have to be told everything that is happening in the mandela family,soon they will be telling us the got divorced.

Oct 02, 2012 7:48 | 0 replies