Cablegate: Biographic Information On Anc Deputy President
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SUBJECT: BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON ANC DEPUTY PRESIDENT
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1. (U) ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma, aged 65, is about to
become a father again, according to the South African
magazine "YOU." (NOTE: YOU is published in Afrikaans and
English, is probably most comparable to People Magazine in
the US, and has a readership of 2.1 million. END NOTE.)
Though Zuma has always refused to publicly admit how many
wives or children he has, the magazine reports that Zuma's
18th child is on the way. The mother to be is 35-year old
Thobeka Stacy Mabhija, a former cell phone company
administrator from Durban who has reportedly been Zuma's
girlfriend for the past ten years. (COMMENT: While we cannot
confirm the report, a close Embassy contact told PolOffs on
11 July that she believes it is true. END COMMENT)
2. (U) The magazine article links Zuma to at least 8 other
-- Sizakele Gertrude Khumalo: They met in 1959 and she
still lives in Nkandla, Zuma's hometown in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
She was pregnant once but miscarried. They have no children
and are still married.
-- Kate Mantsho: She was a stewardess for a Mozambican
airline and committed suicide in 2000 by taking an overdose
of malaria and sleeping pills. Her suicide note allegedly
said she experienced "24 years in a bitter and most painful"
marriage. They had five children: Saady, twins Duduzile and
Duduzane, Phumzile, and Vusi.
-- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (current Minister of Foreign
Affairs): They married in 1982 and divorced in 1998. Their
four children are Thutu, Gugu, Thuli, and Msholozi.
-- Minah Shongwe: Minah is the daughter of Judge
Jeremiah Shongwe, who recused himself from Zuma's rape trial
last year on the basis that he was the uncle of Zuma and
Minah's son, Edward. Edward was arrested in 2001 after being
accused of raping a 17-year old fellow student at the
University of Zululand. He was released on bail and never
prosecuted after the alleged victim withdrew the charge.
-- Unknown woman from Johannesburg with whom he has
three children, Bridget and a twin son and daughter. The
children have lived with Zuma's current girlfriend Mabhija.
-- An unknown woman in Richards Bay with whom he has a
-- A woman known as MaNtuli, in Nkandla, with whom he
has a daughter.
3. (SBU) For those who already consider themselves pro- Zuma,
the pending birth will have little to no impact on their
support. After all, children are a sign of prosperity and
wealth and a blessing from God and ancestors in Zulu culture.
However, for those who do not like Zuma, the latest news
will confirm his reputation (rightly or wrongly) as a man
with little control and poor judgment, especially since his
ability to support his children has been cited as one of the
possible reasons he accepted money from his convicted friend
and financial advisor Schabir Shaik.