What You Need To Know About The First Ladies Of South Africa

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President Jacob Zuma’s wives are arguably the most talked about women in the country.

But who are the women that gave Zuma and the country his 22 children?

So far, the country’s first citizen has had six marriages but currently has four wives (including MaNtuli).

They are Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma, Kate Zuma, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, Bongi Ngema-Zuma and Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.


Sizakele ‘MaKhumalo’ Khumalo-Zuma

She is the president’s first wife and childhood sweetheart, they got married in 1973 following his release from prison. She is 76 years-old. She does not have children with the president.

Kate Mantsho-Zuma

Kate died in 2000 allegedly after overdosing of sleeping pills and malaria drugs. They were married for 18 years when she died.

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She had five children with the president.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Married to Zuma in the 1980s but divorced in 1998.

Had four children in her marriage to Zuma.

She is the Chairperson of African Union and former Health Minister. She is poised to become the next president of South Africa. The rumours are also fueled by news that she will be stepping down as the AU chair.

Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma

Married the president in 2007 and is in her mid-thirties.

MaNtuli has been embroiled in a lot of scandals which involves an alleged affair with her bodyguard that died in an apparent suicide.

She has however bounced back into the positive side of things when Zuma’s painting of his genitalia surfaced. She went out to protect his image by participating in protests.

She focuses on social development and works with vulnerable children. She has three of her own children with Zuma.

She was cast out of the house in January 2015 amid rumours of a plot to poison the president.

Thobeka Madiba-Zuma

She is Zuma’s most newest wife, they got married in 2010.

A University of Zululand graduate who has a great fashion sense. She is known for her activity on social media, especially Instagram where she showcases her designer outfits.

Thobeka has reportedly been with Zuma for over 10 years and have three children.

She established a Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation that assists the impoverished and is also active in the fight against breast cancer.

Bongi Ngema-Zuma

Regarded as Zuma’s most prominent wife for she is the one accompanying him on most of his international trips.

She got married to the president in 2012.

She is known for her activity in fighting against diabetes.

Bongi was given an honourary doctorate of humane letters from Shaw University in the United States.

Source: Sowetan Live

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