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    President Zuma's son pays 100 cattle as dowry for Swazi King's niece

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    Saturday's wet and chilly weather did not deter South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and his family from witnessing the payment of 100 cattle as dowry by his son Mcolisi, who is marrying a Swazi prince's daughter.

    The bride Ziyanda Dlamini is the daughter of the late Prince Fanyana who is a brother to the King. She is no longer referred to as a princess as she is now a bit farther from the line as far as the Royal title is concerned.

    President Zuma jetted into Swaziland through the Matsapha international airport at 4pm on Friday with three of his wives and other members of his family.

    Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze had confirmed the arrival of the president which he said was private as he was paying a visit to Royalty, in an interview with APA.

    "He will first attend a banquet dinner that will be hosted by the King at the Lozitha Royal Palace," he said during the interview conducted on Friday morning before the president and his entourage landed.

    On Saturday morning the groom's family from SA comprising the president proceeded to Ludzidzini Royal Residence, where they announced the number of cattle they were bringing along with them, which was 100.

    As per custom, King's emissary Qethuka Dlamini welcomed the Zuma family and accepted the dowry before the traditional dance began as a sign that the two families now have a lifetime relationship.

    Mcolisi is not the first member of the Zuma family to marry into Swazi Royalty, as the King accepted 100 cattle from SA businessman Khulubuse Zuma, the president's nephew, who married Fikisile Dlamini, the daughter of Prince Phiwokwakhe.

    In June 2016, Ziyanda was officially introduced to the Zuma family during a traditional ceremony that was held at the President Zuma's home in Nkandla.

    So far none of King Mswati's daughters are married, and it is said that the man who will marry his first born daughter, Princess Sikhanyiso, will have to part with 300 cattle.


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