Here comes the groom...
After a string of delays, President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse and Swazi Princess Fikisiwe Dlamini will finally tie the knot in two weeks time – and even Julius Malema can come.
The wedding will take place in Nkandla, a stone’s throw away from President Zuma’s homestead, on September 13 and 14.
In keeping with tradition, it will be open to the public and up to 5 000 people are expected to join in the revelry.
“As per tradition, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. Yes, even Julius Malema is welcome,” said Vuyo Mkhize of PR company Kapital Mindz, which represents Khulubuse.
Sixteen cattle will be slaughtered to cater for the feast, which will see the beautiful bride in traditional Swazi attire on the first day and in Zulu finery the next. Right now, designers are bringing final touches to their outfits and making logistical preparations for the high-profile guests, which will include Khulubuse’s uncle, President Zuma.
When asked why Khulubuse decided to marry Dlamini, spokesperson Siwe Khumalo replied: “She has stood by him through thick and thin. Also, she loves and respects him very much.”
The secret to their lasting passion despite a long wait can lie in a single word – diamonds.
“He has presented her with a new engagement ring every year as a way of renewing their engagement amidst all the delays they encountered in getting to this point,” said Khumalo.
The pair’s highly publicised nuptials were supposed to take place last October, but were cancelled due to supposed unresolved lobola negotiations. At the time, insiders told City Press that Dlamini’s parents had insisted on a civil wedding to prevent Khulubuse – who wants a traditional marriage only – from taking a second wife. The family apparently do not want their daughter in a polygamous relationship.
Dlamini, who owns a number of boutiques in Swaziland, is the daughter of King Mswati III’s late brother, Prince Phiwokwakhe Dlamini.
Khulubuse has a string of business interests including two oil concessions in Lake Albert, given to him by Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, containing oil reserves worth an estimated R1 billion.
Khulubuse’s family emissaries first visited Dlamini’s family to ask for her hand in marriage in 2005.
WELCOME Khulubuse Zuma at his kraal in Nkandla
ALMOST THERE Khulubuse Zuma and his fiancée, Fikisiwe Dlamini