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South Africa's controversial new ruling ANC party leader Jacob Zuma, husband to two wives, is planning to take a third, the Sunday Times reported.
Zuma, 65, who married his second wife in a traditional Zulu ceremony last month, weeks after he ousted President Thabo Mbeki as head of the ANC in a party election, is planning to marry a 35-year- old "Durban socialite," the newspaper reported.
Zuma, the party's candidate for president in next year's elections, has already paid ilobolo for Thobeka Mabhija, the paper said.
When contacted for comment by the Sunday Times, Thobeka Mabhija, appeared to lend credence to the report, demanding: "How did you know about it?".
Polygamy is permitted under Zulu culture.
In January, Zuma married Nompumelelo Ntuli in a colourful traditional ceremony at his estate in his native KwaZulu-Natal province, at which both bride and groom wore full Zulu regalia.
The newspaper also reported that Zuma, who is still married to his first wife of 50 years, Sizakele Khumalo, had paid ilobolo for two more women - one from rural KwaZulu-Natal, the other a Swazi princess.
In total he has been married four times. In 1998 Zuma divorced Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and in 2000 one of his wives, Kate Zuma, reportedly committed suicide.
Zuma's multiple marriages pose a conundrum over which wife will be first lady if he becomes president next year.
Questioned on the matter Mabhija told the Sunday Times that she would cross that bridge "when I become Mrs Zuma". - Sapa-dpa