Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lavish Wedding....

Lavish wedding for Zuma’s daughter


President Jacob Zuma's daughter Duduzile married Lonwabo Sambudla on Saturday in "a Parisian-theme ceremony" described as South Africa's wedding of the year.

I see she comes complete with skank stamp on the shoulder - really cheesy.......

The Sunday Times reported that an army of private security guards, police and the presidential protection unit watched over the venue, Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve near East London in the Eastern Cape, where a giant white marquee had been erected.

 The bride, 28, wore a white off-the-shoulder wedding gown encrusted with Swarovski crystals, and a pair of silver Christian Louboutin shoes.

She was accompanied by her father and four bridesmaids dressed in red gowns.

Duduzile wore a custom-made diamond necklace worth R1.5m. She and her bridesmaids were collectively decked out in more than 1000 diamonds worth R4.5m.

SOMETHING BORROWED: Duduzile Zuma dazzled yesterday in a diamond necklace worth more than R1.5 million. She is flanked by her father, President Jacob Zuma, and Gavin Brown, from Browns Jewellers, which loaned diamond jewellery worth millions to the bridal party.

Members of the SA Police Service were on hand to guard Duduzile's diamond jewellery - on loan from a top jewellery store and delivered to her shortly before midday.

Duduzile and her father drove in a minibus from nearby Prana Lodge, where she was staying, to the wedding venue, before hopping onto a white rickshaw.

The rickshaw was accompanied by women singing traditional Xhosa wedding songs.

Guests - who earlier snacked on salmon, chicken, lamb and an assortment of fruit - were waiting to greet the bride as the rickshaw came to a stop outside the marquee.

The wedding venue was decorated in white linen with a burst of colour in the form of red roses.

The tables for the 650 invited guests were named for landmarks in France and French fashion designers. Names included Louis Vuitton , Jean-Paul Gaultier, Notre Dame and Moulin Rouge.

Centrepieces on the tables included glass replicas of the Eiffel Tower, and a pair of 2m-high wire Eiffel Tower statues draped in fairy lights stood in the marquee. The decor included chandeliers, draping, flowers and white Tiffany chairs.

The three-tiered wedding cake, transported by road from Johannesburg, boasted its own tiny Eiffel Tower.

The menu, a combination of South African and French dishes, included starters of butternut soup, beef soup, shrimp cocktail, and ostrich liver with cream. The main course comprised roast beef and leg of lamb, lavender honey and Dijon glazed petit poussin roast chicken, and duck portions.

Desserts included crème brûlée, cheese cake, caramel tart, fruit salad and malva pudding with hot custard.

A media contingent, which had been told that Duduzile would leave the premises in a white Bentley, was camped at the gate.

Host of cabinet ministers

Near the entrance, a framed photograph of Duduzile's mother, Kate Mantsho, stood on a stand in front of a burning candle. Mantsho committed suicide in 2000.

The service was conducted by Pastor Alph Lukau, from Alleluia Ministries International, and guests were entertained by Nigerian gospel artist Uche Agu.

The groom, 31, wore a cream suit and matching bow tie. Elephants roamed the grounds in the background as the couple exchanged vows. The guest list included some of the country's wealthiest empowerment dealmakers and business executives.

In attendance were businessman Vivian Reddy, who attended the wedding with his TV actress wife Sorisha, presidential spokesperson  Zizi Kodwa, Nelson Mandela's grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, socialite Khanyi Mbau, former Miss South Africa Tansey Coetzee, comedian David Kau, dancer Somizi Mhlongo and ramp models Miriam Ngomani and Mpumi Gwinya.

Also at the wedding were a host of cabinet ministers, including Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Instead of gifts, the bridal couple requested gift vouchers from a variety of high-end stores.

The couple sold the rights to the wedding to a local magazine, which helped to foot the massive bill.

Fortune said the couple chose a Parisian-theme wedding because Duduzile "really loves Paris".

The couple met three years ago when Duduzile was on the board of Gupta-owned Sahara Computers.  The puzzle pieces start falling into place. 25 years old and she served on the board of the now infamous Gupta family business.

The president's daughter first hit the social spotlight after throwing a lavish R400 000 birthday bash for 600 of her closest friends two years ago, the Sunday Times reported.

Marrying a man that's been pointed as a businessman with shady underhanded dealings with the ANCYL. She gets married in a dress "encrusted with Swarovski crystals". 

Yep, and that ladies and gentleman is the perfect example of the government taking care of the poor...

What a shame and dishonour to the customs of the Zulu nation. No oxen being slaughtered, salmon I ask you. She should have been bear breasted like a Zulu maiden is supposed to dress out of respect for her husband and elders.

The media is out there to let the people know about the blatant vulgar opulance whilst so many of their people don't even have water or electricity.