President Jacob Zuma had married his sixth wife and whole world looks in awe
"Africa's polygamous President Jacob Zuma married for the sixth time on Friday, taking his long-time girlfriend Bongi Ngema as his newest bride and fourth current wife in a private ceremony at his rural home. Ngema, an activist and former information technology worker, is well known in South Africa and has already accompanied the president on foreign visits. The ceremony raised few eyebrows in a country where polygamy is legal and an integral part of Zuma's Zulu culture. The two had a traditional Zulu wedding and "the bride and groom later participated in the traditional competitive celebratory dance," the presidency said in a statement. Zuma has 21 children, including a seven-year-old son with Ngema. The president is also married to Sizakele Zuma, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma and Tobeka Madiba-Zuma. They all attended the ceremony. His marriage to Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ended in divorce. Another wife Kate Mantsho-Zuma committed suicide in 2000. There is no official position of First Lady in South Africa. The presidency said none of the wives had a constitutional role or received any state funds. " -Reuters
All the president's women: President Jacob Zuma cuts his Birthday cakes with his wives, from left: Gloria Ngema, Nompumelelo Ntuli, Thobeka Madiba and Getrude Khumalo. (Siyabulela Duda)
President Jacob Zuma and his fiance Ms Bongi Ngema cut a cake as they take part in a traditional wedding ceremony known as Umgcagco at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal. (AFP Photo/Elmond Jiyane).