KHULUBUSE’S BIG FAT ROYAL WEDDING
NKULULEKO NCANA and MZWANDILE kaBIZOKWAKHE NKANDLA residents are in for a treat.
President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse is to tie the knot with a Swazi princess in what is likely to be the mother of royal weddings.
Swazi King Mswati III – Africa’s last absolute monarch – will bring his half-sister Princess Fiksiwe to marry her long-time fiancé in October.
Sunday World has learnt that two ceremonies will take place – one at the Swazi royal house on October 6, the second at Khulubuse’s Nkandla home two weeks later.
An insider close to the Zuma family said Khulubuse’s bachelor party, at which a select group of the groom’s friends will party up a storm, will be held in Cape Town late next month.
The insider said he didn’t know how much had been budgeted for the wedding, but added: “Khula doesn’t do ‘ small’. We expect a few African heads of state.”
Khulubuse is said to own a palatial home in Nkandla that is “fit for a king”.
Fiksiwe is one of Mswati’s many halfbrothers and half-sisters.
Their father, King Sobhuza, had more than 120 wives and countless children. He died in 1982. Four years later, Prince Makhosetive Dlamini was crowned Mswati III.
Zuma paid lobola for another of Mswati’s half-sisters, Princess Sebentile, which, according to Nguni custom, entitles her to the title umakoti (bride) in Zuma’s family.
Ironically, also according to Nguni custom, Fiksiwe will be both daughter and
umakotshana to President Zuma. In Nguni culture, umakotshana can assume a sister’s role in the event of a problem such as childlessness or if she dies without giving birth to an heir.
The Swazi royal family’s spokesman, Prince Qethuka, confirmed that the wedding would be in October, but said the exact date had not been determined.
He would not confirm which princess was marrying.
But three independent sources close to the royal family confirmed that it was Fiksiwe who would marry Khulubuse.
That Zuma paid lobola but did not go through with a marriage ceremony has always been a sore point with the Swazi royal family.
When asked whether the Zuma family had started a new lobola cycle or completed what had already been begun, Qethuka said: “Now you are asking about matters between the adults [Mswati ’ s advisory council of elders]. You must come here if you want to talk about that.”
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said he was unaware of the pending nuptials. “Send me an e-mail, I will have to find out for you, ” he said.
Khulubuse is the larger-than-life co-owner of Aurora Systems, which bought two of Pamodzi Gold’s mines but failed to operate them. Aurora miners went without pay for more than a year.
He was recently awarded two oil exploration contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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