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Polygamous Jacob Zuma marries a fourth wife

Jacbo Zuma and Ms. Bongi Ngema in 2010
 South Africa’s polygamous President,
Jacob Zuma married his fourth wife today, Friday, April 20, 2012 marking the
sixth time the 70-year-old has tied the knot.
“President Jacob Zuma has today, 20
April 2012, married Ms Bongi Ngema at a traditional ceremony known as umgcagco
at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal,” his office said in a statement.
“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 bridal party took part in a
traditional Zulu celebratory dance after tying the knot in Zuma’s rural home
village.
The couple have a seven-year-old son and
the businesswoman and long-time fiance joins three other wives as one of four
first ladies, the presidency said.
“The new Mrs Zuma had already been
part of the spousal office machinery in terms of administrative support so
there will be no changes due to the wedding,” said the statement.
The wedding is Zuma’s third in just over
four years and the second since coming to power in 2009 as the country’s first
president with multiple wives, something that is legal under liberal
post-apartheid laws.
In all, he has married six times. One of
his wives has died, and another, home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma divorced
him.

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