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Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Confusion reigned yesterday over the much-awaited Umbondo to the ANC president Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

Umbondo is a traditional ceremony where a bride-to-be presents gifts to the groom's family as an indication that the lobola has been paid in full.

There were reports that Zuma's bride-to-be, Thobeka Mabhija who is going to be the ANC president's fifth wife, would present gifts in a traditional ceremony yesterday.

However, the groom (Zuma) was apparently not there to receive the gifts.

A source close to the Zuma family told Sowetan that it appeared as though Zuma was not informed of the ceremony, hence he could not cancel his other arrangements.

"We heard that the in-laws only notified Michael (Zuma's younger brother) of their intentions late on Sunday and by that time ubaba had already made commitments," the source said.

It is exactly a year since Zuma married his fourth wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, a former nurse.

Zuma was today expected to hold a pensioners' Christmas party at Emabomvini in Umsinga.

Michael confirmed the much-talked about ceremony, but said its schedule was still to be finalised.

"It is true that the function will take place but I just want to stress that it will not take place today (Monday). My brother (Jacob Zuma) is not even here at home," said Zuma.

He said the date for the ceremony was still to be discussed and agreed to by the families.

However, our source confirmed that there was a big marquee on the Zuma's homestead.

"Yes, there is a big tent on the property, but we don't know what it is for.

"In the morning, we went to the homestead to have a meeting, as we normally do, and we saw ubaba (Zuma) leaving.

"He was apparently going to Melmoth (a village in KwaZulu- Natal). Also, all those people who came to see him were turned away," she said.


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