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Apr 15 2012 7:26PM
 
Zuma wedding to be private ceremony
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The wedding of President Jacob Zuma to his fourth wife, Bongi Ngema, will be a private family ceremony in Nkandla next weekend, the presidency said on Sunday.

The cost of the ceremony was to be paid by Zuma with there being no government expenditure involved, spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The privacy of the couple and family has been requested to be respected.

Maharaj said reports in the media suggesting the state bore the maintenance costs of Zuma's wives was incorrect.

"The spouses pay their own living or household expenses, be it food, mortgages, lights, water and so forth. Nothing is paid for by the State in the four households of the spouses. They live in private homes," he said.

The presidency did provide logistical and administrative support for spouse participation at state and official functions and provided a total of 60 domestic economy class flights per a year for child and child-minder travel. Transport costs for school-going children were also included.

Otherwise, the living expenses of Zuma's children were borne by the family and not the state, Maharaj said. -Sapa

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