Former South African President Jacob Zuma, is set to take his seventh wife. The embattled 76-year-old is reportedly set to take a new wife named Nonkanyiso Conco, a 24-year-old who gave birth to a baby last week at the Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital last Thursday– Zuma’s birthday.
Yes‚ we are getting married‚ but that is all I can say,” Conco confirmed to Timeslive.
“I need to consult before I give any interviews.”
Conco is based in Pietermaritzburg and works as a director at Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation which, according to TimesLIVE, aims to preserve the cultural practices of Zulu maidens.
She will become Zuma’s seventh bride, and his youngest, as there is at 52-year age difference between the couple. Zuma has five wives currently, although he was separated from Nompumelelo Zuma – popularly known as MaNtuli – after she was reportedly implicated in a plot to poison him.
His marriage to former African Union chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ended in divorce back in 1998.
“They had to clear the maternity ward for other patients. Hospital staff made it clear that this was strictly confidential,” a source with direct knowledge of the birth told News24.
The former President’s relation, Ray Zuma, confirmed to News24 that Zuma was going to wed a woman named Nonkanyiso Chonco.
When asked if Chonco was the same woman who had given birth to a baby earlier this month, Ray Zuma responded by saying: “So?”