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'Polygamous' Jacob Zuma marries sixth wife Bongi Ngema

London, Sat, 21 Apr 2012 ANI

London, April 21 (ANI): South African President Jacob Zuma has married for the sixth time on Friday, taking his long-time girlfriend Bongi Ngema as his newest bride and fourth current wife.

The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony at his rural home, the Telegraph reported.

"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 statement added.

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. (ANI)


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