NKANDLA, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) — South Africa’s polygamous president Jacob Zuma married a fourth wife during a private family ceremony on Friday, the presidential office confirmed. It is the sixth time the 70-year-old leader has tied the knot.
Friday’s wedding between Zuma and long-time fiancée Bongi Ngema took place during a traditional ceremony known as umgcagco at Zuma’s home in Nkandla, a rural town in the uThungulu district of KwaZulu-Natal province. Zuma’s other wives, Sizakele Zuma, Nompumelelo Zuma and Thobeka Zuma, attended the wedding.
Following the wedding, the bridal party participated in a traditional Zulu competitive celebratory dance which was led by Zuma and Ngema. “A wedding reception will be held this evening, and tomorrow there will be the umabo, where the bride showers the groom’s family with gifts,” the presidency said in a statement.
The couple already have a seven-year-old son, Sinqumo.
Zuma, who is believed to have as many as 18 children, has now married a total of six times. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, with whom Zuma has four children, divorced him in 1998 while wife Kate Mantsho committed suicide in December 2000.