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WHO married President Jacob Zuma and Sonono Khoza?

WHO married President Jacob Zuma and Sonono Khoza?

This is the big question after the Presidency yesterday denied that Zuma and Khoza were married.

This despite the document first published by our sister newspaper The Times, which "confirmed" that Khoza and Zuma were "married" under customary law.

The leaked application form for Thandikile Matina Zuma's birth certificate says they are married - meaning Khoza, 39, would be the country's fourth first lady after Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli and Thobeka Madiba.

Zuma's spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, told Sowetan that the couple still enjoyed a "healthy" relationship but were not married.

"The president is not married to Sonono but they have a healthy relationship," Kodwa said.

Kodwa confirmed that Zuma signed the form acknowledging that he was the father of the baby but did not cross the marital status section.

"The president signed the form. It was brought to him but I do not know by whom. What he signed for was the registration of his child in his surname.

"He did not fill in the marriage part. Neither did he submit the form to the Home Affairs office personally," Kodwa said.

Last night Khoza declined to comment on who had ticked the marriage section on the form. All she said was, "I have no comment."

Since The Sunday Times broke the story the media has been awash with speculation about whether Zuma would take her as his fifth wife. On Wednesday Zuma came clean about the affair and the baby.

Apart from paying damages (inhlawulo) to the Khoza family, the president has not started the Zulu traditional process of courting a bride.

The process includes umcelo (engagement), umbondo (gift presentation by the bride), umembeso (gift presentation by the groom), ilobolo (dowry) and the wedding ceremony.

Kodwa yesterday lashed out at Press Council of SA chairperson Raymond Louw for describing Zuma's attack on the media as "unwarranted" and "outrageous".

Zuma had argued that the manner in which the media reported the birth of his 20th child amounted to questioning the right of the child to life.

Kodwa also criticised the Department of Home Affairs for leaking the confidential document.


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