A 24-year-old Ballito woman, Nonkanyiso Conco, has confirmed that she is engaged to marry Jacob Zuma the former President of South Africa.
“Yes‚ we are getting married‚ but that is all I can say. I need to consult before I give any interviews‚” Conco said when interviewed by TimesLive.
Conco reportedly works to protect the cultural customs and living conditions of the traditional Zulu maidens involved in the King’s reed dance. She is a director at Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation in Pietermaritzberg.
Reports said that the Nonkanyiso Conco gave birth to a baby last week at the Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital last Thursday on Zuma’s birthday.
Conco reportedly resides in the plush Ballito Estate Hilltop‚ home to some of the city’s most well-heeled residents. She would be Zuma’s youngest bride.
Zuma‚ who has always been a proponent of polygamy‚ is currently married to Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo‚ Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and Bongi Ngema-Zuma. He is divorced from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and separated from Nompumelelo MaNtuli Zuma.
In total, Zuma has fathered 22 known children from at least 11 women.
Zuma, apparently promised to marry her when he was no longer president and has already paid lobola, according to an anonymous source close to the family.
“Both families are ecstatic,” this source told The Citizen. “He promised that he will marry the girl after his presidency, and he has kept that promise.”
A glance back in time down Conco’s public Twitter account suggests she may have known Zuma since 2013.