SA Prez Jacob Zuma to marry for sixth time

Johannesburg, Apr 15: South African President Jacob Zuma is to marry his long-time fiancee, Bongi Ngema, next weekend.

According to the Sunday Times, the president’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, confirmed that the president would formalise his relationship with Ngema at a private traditional ceremony in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ngema will be Zuma’s fourth wife. His other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Zuma and Thobeka Stacey Mabhija, the News24 reported.

He had divorced home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in 1998 while another wife, Kate Zuma, committed suicide in 2000.

The president has a three-year-old son with Ngema. His fiancee has already accompanied him on a diplomatic trip to France.

Ngema hails from Umlazi Township, south of Durban and has numerous qualifications including a business degree.

The president celebrated his 70th birthday on Friday where Ngema and Zuma’s three wives were on hand to help him cut a R12 500 birthday cake.

The Sunday Times said the president’s Nkandla homestead had been given R64m upgrade that included six new double-storey thatch rondavels for his wives and family. (ANI)