"PRESIDENT" Jacob Zuma will tie the knot again next weekend in a private traditional ceremony in Nkandla.
Gloria Bongekile Ngema
Gloria Bongekile Ngema will become Zuma's fourth wife after having been engaged to him for a number of years. Zuma has a three-year-old son with Ngema. Hailing from Durban's Umlazi township, Ngema was described as devoutly religious by friends.....I doubt that - who has children out of wedlock with a man that has been married 5 times and is still married to 3 wives and has been living in sin? How religious is that?
He reputedly has about 20 children in total.
(re·put·ed·ly. adv: Generally supposed to be such. According to reputation or general belief.)
But she may be the last bride Zuma takes. At a lavish birthday bash in Durban on Friday evening, more than 1000 guests watched a video montage in which he said his marrying days were over.
He turned 70 on Thursday and has married twice during his presidential term.
Zuma's other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, whom he met in 1959, Nompumelelo "MaNtuli" Zuma and Thobeka Stacey Mabhija.
He divorced Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in 1998, and another wife, Kate Zuma, committed suicide two years later.
Zuma was born into a polygamous family. His father had two wives, Zuma's mother being the junior.
The homestead, Nkandla which has undergone a massive R64-million renovation, hosted a second birthday party yesterday. The renovations included the construction of six double-storey thatch rondavels for Zuma's wives and family.
A guest with knowledge of the compound said the buildings were ready to be handed over to the wives. The sixth one is still being built.
He said there was 32mm armoured glass in the windows.
Sunday Times has reliably learnt that each of the main bedrooms were connected to Zuma's main house by underground tunnels.
The president acknowledged his wives : "I have them; they are many. They know that who comes in does not close the door behind [her] because it was not shut behind her."
So what does that tell you......more wives on the way?