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South African president to take third wife.


Polygamist South African President Jacob “Zulu Boy” Zuma plans to marry a third wife, all while still married to the first two.

From BBC

Senior figures from the ruling ANC, the trade union movement and the Communist Party attended a day of festivities alongside his family and friends.

Mr Zuma, a Zulu, was meant to marry his fiancee Thobeka Mabhija, 36, last year but the wedding was postponed because of Mr Zuma’s political commitments.

Correspondents say Mr Zuma’s belief in the traditional practice of polygamy has divided South Africans.

Some support him but many younger people believe it should have no place in a modern society.

Under Zulu tradition, Mr Zuma’s two current wives are supposed to approve of the new wife and attend the wedding ceremony.

It has also emerged that Mr Zuma, 67, is expected to take a fourth wife but no date has been set.

His new fiancee, Gloria Bongi Ngema, last week brought umbondo (wedding gifts) to the Zuma family, reports say.

This ceremony is the last traditional event before the wedding and is done after ilobolo (dowry) has been paid to the bride’s family.