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King Zwelithini marries sixth wife (PHOTOS)

By Sapa | 2014-07-28 06:59:39.0

  • King Goodwill Zwelithini and his sixth wife Swaziland Princess Zola Mafu during their wedding celebration in Ulundi. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • Swazi Princess Zola Mafu arriving at the Ulundi Stadium for her wedding to King Zwelithini on Saturday. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • Zanela Magwaza-Msibi and her daughter Gugu Gumede attending the wedding of King Goodwill Zwelithini to Swazi Princess Zola Mafu in Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • Winnie Madikizela Mandela with President Jacob's wives on either side of her, Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma left, and Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, right, were special guests at King Zwelithini's wedding to his sixth wife Zola Mafu from Swaziland. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • President Jacob Zuma and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi on either side of King Goodwill Zwelithini on his wedding day to Zola Mafu on Saturday in Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • President Jacob Zuma and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi on either side of King Goodwill Zwelithini on his wedding day to Zola Mafu on Saturday in Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • Swaziland Princess Zola Mafu became wife number six to King Goodwill Zwelithini when she married the King on Saturday in Ulundi at the Ulundi Stadium. Photo Thulani Mbele

  • Queen Zola Mafu and King Goodwill Zwelithini . Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

  • King Goodwill Zwelithini kisses his wife Zola Mafu during their wedding in Ulundi. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

  • Queen Zola Mafu dancing and singing during the proceedings of her royal wedding to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini in Ulundi. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

  • Queen Zola Mafu dancing and singing during the proceedings of her royal wedding to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini in Ulundi. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

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Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has married his sixth wife in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, the Sunday Times reported.

Zwelithini, 66, married Queen Zola Mafu, 28, in a traditional ceremony on Saturday which was attended by more than 10,000 guests, including President Jacob Zuma and ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

More than 60 cows and scores of sheep were slaughtered for the occasion.

Mafu was selected as the king's bride at the age of 18 while participating in the 2003 Swazi reed dance, according to the newspaper.

At the time, she was a pupil at St Mark's High School in Mbabane, Swaziland.

Zwelithini had paid lobola of 20 cattle for Mafu, which was nine more than required, eight years ago.

The wedding was expected to enter its second day on Sunday when gifts are exchanged between the groom and bride's families.

The king will hold a reception later in the day to celebrate not only his wedding, but his birthday which was on July 14.

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