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Factbox: The wives of Jacob Zuma

Published: 4:21PM Tuesday January 05, 2010 Source: Reuters

  • South African President Jacob Zuma (L) takes part in a dance during his traditional wedding to Thobeka Madiba (R), his fifth wife (Source: Reuters)
    South African President Jacob Zuma (L) takes part in a dance during his traditional wedding to Thobeka Madiba (R), his fifth wife - Source: Reuters
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South African President Jacob Zuma has tied the knot for the fifth time in a traditional wedding ceremony in his KwaZulu Natal homeland.
   
South African law and Zulu culture allow a man to take more than one wife, but critics says Zuma is setting a bad example in a country with one of the world's highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection.
   
Zuma has 19 children, some with women other than his wives.
   
Below are short profiles of Zuma's wives, past and present:
   
Sizakele Zuma
   
Fondly called MaKhumalo, Sizakele, 67, is Zuma's first wife. She lives in his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu Natal province. They have no children. 
   
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
   
Dlamini-Zuma, 60, is South Africa's home affairs minister and has also been health minister and foreign affairs minister. The two met in exile and have four children together. They were divorced in 1998. 
   
Kate Mantsho-Zuma
   
Mantsho-Zuma committed suicide in 2000. She and Zuma had five children. 
   
Nompumelelo Ntuli
   
Ntuli, 34, married Zuma in a traditional ceremony in his homestead in 2008. They have three children.
   
Tobeka Madiba
   
Madiba, 37, and Zuma were married on January 4. They already have three children together.