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By unknown | Sep 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini is set to become a groom for the sixth time.

He is expected to announce the date of the wedding to his youngest queen, Zola Mafu from Swaziland.

Mafu was taken from her home in 2004 when she was 17 years old to be the king's sixth wife. But the infighting over who should receive ilobolo paid by Zwelithini was cited as the main reason for putting the wedding bells on hold.

Mafu, 22, will now officially take her place as the king's wife, joining his five other wives.

Mafu has been staying at KwaKhangela Royal Palace where she has been taught about Zulu customs.

She was groomed by Queen Mantombi, the daughter of the late King Sobhuza II.

Two years ago, Zwelithini paid 20 head of cattle as ilobolo to Mafu's family.

Zwelithini said he is aware that people are curious as to when the wedding will be held.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of a statue of his great-grandfather King Dinuzulu at Durban's Christian Centre, Zwelithini said he would announce the wedding day soon.

He said the delay was because Mafu's family had been in mourning. Her father, Agrippa, died last year prompting the families to cancel the wedding preparations.

"But they have now completed the mourning and that makes us free to continue with the wedding preparations," said Zwelithini.

"We will be communicating the day of the wedding soon after finalising everything with the in-laws."


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