Lifestyle – High five: Zuma ties knot again
NKANDLA (South Africa): South African president Jacob Zuma married for the fifth time on Monday, giving the Zulu traditionalist his third current
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wife, witnesses and family members said.
Multiple marriages are allowed in South Africa and form part of Zulu culture but the practice has drawn criticism from HIV/AIDS activists in a country with one of the highest infection rates in the world.
The ceremony took place at Zuma’s traditional home in Nkandla, where the 68-year-old president, in Zulu tribal dress, married 37-year-old Tobeka Madiba according to clan custom.
“This is a traditional affair and there is a lot of dancing and celebrating. Later we will slaughter some animals and have a feast with the guests,” Mike Zuma, the president’s brother, said.
Madiba and Zuma have three kids together and were married according to South African law ahead of Monday’s traditional ceremony.
Zuma, whose tribe is South Africa’s biggest, has repeatedly defended his decision to take many wives.
“There are plenty of politicians who have mistresses and children that they hide so as to pretend they are monogamous. I prefer to be open”, Zuma once said in an interview.
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