South African president, fiancee take next step

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Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:05 AM
South African president, fiancee take next step

The spokesman for South Africa's polygamous president says Jacob Zuma will be "formalizing his relationship" with his longtime fiancee.

Mac Maharaj said Sunday that 70-year-old Zuma and Bongi Ngema-Zuma will hold a private, traditional ceremony in Nkandla, Zuma's home village in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province this coming weekend. Maharaj said he had no further details.

Ngema-Zuma has acted and been treated like a first lady since Zuma became president in 2009. She is identified in Zuma's official biography as one four spouses, besides Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli, and Tobeka Madiba.

Ngema-Zuma has accompanied Zuma on official trips and she oversees her Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation, established in 2010 to raise awareness about diabetes.