Thursday, February 4, 2010

The 20 children of Jacob Zuma

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, is reported to have fathered a 20th child with the daughter of a friend. His latest offspring, a girl, was apparently born in October 2009 to Sonono Khoza, 39, the divorced daughter of Irvin Khoza. Mr Khoza is the chairman of the organizing committee for the football World Cup finals to be held in South Africa in 2010. Apparently the girl's name was registered as Thandekile Matina Zuma. Zuma, 67, is a proud Zulu traditionalist, and as well as his polygamy – he married his third current wife and fifth overall, Thobeka Madiba, recently – he has had a number of children out of wedlock. In all, he has had children by seven women. Apparently the Khoza family are not happy about the liaison – Mr Khoza is six years younger than the president – and a delegation from the president had visited them to discuss inhlawulo, the customary Zulu damages payable when a child is born out of wedlock.

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