Former president Jacob Zuma has reportedly split with bride-to-be, Nonkanyiso Conco.
This is according to a report by The Sunday Sun, which claims that the ex-head of state and the 25-year-old had long called it quits.
Jacob Zuma and Nonkanyiso Conco call it quits
According to the publication, Conco’s father, Fartescue confirmed that his estranged daughter had moved in with her mother in the Eastern Cape after leaving the Zimbali home secured for her by the 78-year-old.
“I wish she’d come back home if Zuma’s no longer able to maintain her,” Fartescue told the publication.
Reports of Zuma’s relationship with Conco emerged in 2018. Their wedding would have been the seventh instance of the polygamous former president taking to the aisle.
He has been divorced once, with his marriage to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ending in 1998, while he remains estranged with Nompumelelo Ntuli, who was accused of trying to poison him during his tenure as president.
Another one of Zuma’s wives, Kate Mantso – the mother to twins Duduzile and the controversial Duduzane – died in 2000 after allegedly taking her own life.
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Earlier this year there were reports of trouble in the Zuma household, involving another one of his wives Thobeka Madiba. Around the same time, a social media post from Conco raised eyebrows and suspicion that Zuma may be an absent father to their two-year-old.
In it, she spoke of accepting that Zuma might miss important events in their son’s life.
She, however, cleared the air, saying this was to be expected from a man with such a large family.
“Any person with common sense would understand that a man who was a head of state and has such a large family wouldn’t have time for things like walking a child to a park, attending doctor’s appointments or just to buy ice cream at a mall every day,” Conco told the Sunday Tribute in February.
“We all know for a man like Mr Zuma it’s impossible to run family errands every day or to be there for every special day. He missed our son’s first birthday celebration I hosted last year because he was out of the country, but this year could be different. He misses many of our son’s milestones. However, we can’t expect him to be there every day.”