Which Wife Did South Africa’s Polygamous President Bring to London?

By Sadie Bass

Mar 3, 2010 12:25pm

ABC's Ammu Kannampilly reports from London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has welcomed many controversial visitors to her country. Still, British newspapers have taken exception to the welcome extended to her most recent visitor, the South African president Jacob Zuma.  Zuma, 67, is a polygamist with three first ladies, and has fathered 20 children. The 20th child, a baby girl, was born  out of wedlock, when Zuma conducted an affair with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of a political ally. His actions raised eyebrows in South Africa and around the world, and many in the UK are questioning whether Queen Elizabeth should be meeting him at all. Zuma himself has wasted no time in lashing out at his critics, telling the South African website IOL, “When the British came to our country, they said everything we are doing was barbaric, was wrong, inferior in whatever way. Bear in mind that I'm a freedom fighter and I fought to free myself, also for my culture to be respected.” "And I don't know why they are continuing thinking that their culture is more superior than others,” he said. If you are wondering which of the three first ladies accompanied Zuma to London, it is his most recent wife, Thobeka Madiba Zuma, 37, who will attend tonight’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace with her husband.

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