CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Tues. May 12, 2009: The mainstream media is agog over news that the new President of South Africa has three wives.
President Jacob Zuma, who was inaugurated as only the fourth President of the democratic Republic of South Africa, has been married five times as polygamy is legally recognized in South Africa.
The President also has 19 children. Among the guests at his inauguration Saturday were all three of his wives and former President, Nelson Mandela.
His first wife is Sizakele Khumalo, whom he has known for 50 years and married in 1973. They have no children together, and she still lives in his village of Nkandla.
His second wife is Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma, whom he married last year, and his third wife whom he married in January is Thobeka Mabhija.
One of Zuma’s earlier wives, Kate Mantsho Zuma, committed suicide in 2000. And despite a divorce in 1998, his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma remains in his inner circle as a member of cabinet.