African National Congress president Jacob Zuma married his fourth wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli of KwaMaphumulo, at his homestead at Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.
Between 400 and 500 guests — mainly family — attended the ceremony, which lasted about three hours. KwaZulu-Natal businessman Erwin Ulbricht was spotted among the guests.
Ntuli is the mother of two of Zuma’s children.
The media were initially barred from the event. They were asked to leave by Zuma’s son, Edward, whose mother is Minah Shongwe, the sister of Transvaal Deputy Judge President Jeremiah Shongwe. A Sunday Times reporter and photographer were, however, allowed in to cover the event.
Later, the media who had gathered outside were allowed in to witness a traditional Zulu dance on a field adjacent to Nkandla, which reportedly signified that Ntuli had been accepted into the Zuma family.
Some of the guests were dressed in Zulu traditional attire, carrying shields and knobkerries, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported. — Sapa