None of Zuma`s three wives to be designated as `first lady`
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 19:04
  
Johannesburg: Amid media speculation about who will the 'First Lady' of South African President Jacob Zuma after he married for a fifth time, his office on Thursday said there will be no such designation as the constitution has no provision in this regard.

The Zulu traditionalist took Tobeka Madiba-Zuma as his third current wife on Monday. One of Zuma's wives is divorced while another had died in 2000.

"The Presidency has noted media reports and speculation following the wedding of President Jacob Zuma to Ms Tobeka Madiba-Zuma and wishes to clarify a few points," his office said in a statement.

"The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and the public service regulations do not make provision for a First Lady or First Ladies, and there is no such official designation," it said.

The President will be accompanied by any of the spouses to official or public engagements, or all of them at the same time should he so decide, the Presidency said. "This is his prerogative, and has been the practice since he took office."

Noting "incorrect media reports" stating that Zuma has five wives, it said, "For the record, President Zuma has three wives" and "a fiancee".

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 19:04


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