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Zuma is set for wife No 5

By Canaan Mdletshe | Dec 28, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is set to tie the knot with his fifth wife, Thobeka Madiba, next Monday.

Though the details of the wedding are being kept under wraps, Sowetan has learnt that Zuma will marry Madiba exactly two years after he married his fourth wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma.

Madiba has been seen at many official events with other first ladies, including Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma.

Msholozi paid ilobolo to the Mabija family two years ago. Earlier this year the Madiba family sent gifts to the Zuma family, an indication that all matters regarding the wedding, including a date, had been set.

Madiba was born in Durban in 1973. She grew up in Umlazi and matriculated at Umlazi Commercial High School.

She studied at the Umlazi Campus of the University of Zululand where she graduated with a BCom. Madiba then worked for Standard Bank, Ithala and Cell C.

The wedding was scheduled for early this year but had to be postponed because of Zuma's work commitments.

It is believed that after being sworn in as president, Zuma's busy schedule did not allow him to devote time to thewedding plans.

Zuma has been at his homestead at Nkandla since last Tuesday, where he participated in the KwaZulu-Natal chess tournament .

He also spent Christmas with family members and relatives and relaxed by going out walking on the family land without his bodyguards. He also unwound by shooting birds with a sling shot and by drinking umqombothi (traditional beer).

Yesterday Zuma hosted a belated Christmas gathering for a group of pensioners. Tomorrow he is expected to host a belated Christmas party for a group of orphans.

But our source in the family confirmed that the wedding is due to take place, but it will be a private affair.

"The wedding is on January 4," she said. "Only close family friends, relatives and locals are expected to attend."

Zuma was legally married to Kate Zuma, who died in 2000, and former home affairs minister Nkozasana Dlamini-Zuma. They were divorced in 1998.

The present first ladies are Sizakele Khumalo and Nompumelelo Mantuli


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