Here comes the groom...

CityPress - - News - ZINHLE MAPUMULO and BIÉNNE HUISMAN zinhle.mapumulo@city­press.co.za; biénne.huisman@city­press.co.za

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.

PHOTO: KHAYA NG­WENYA

WEL­COME Khu­lubuse Zuma at his kraal in Nkandla

AL­MOST THERE Khu­lubuse Zuma and his fi­ancée, Fik­isiwe Dlamini

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