Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Who is Thobeka Madiba? DCJ Zondo ‘had a baby’ with one of Zuma’s wives

Well, did anyone see this coming? Raymond Zondo has admitted to a previous relationship with Thobeka Madiba – one of Jacob Zuma’s wives.

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The cat has been comprehensively ejected from the bag: DCJ Raymond Zondo has shared his close connection to Jacob Zuma and his family – revealing that he previously had a child with one of Zuma’s wives, Thobeka Madiba.

Raymond Zondo and his relationship with one of Zuma’s wives

The leader of the State Capture Inquiry – who is scrambling to get Zuma to appear at his Commission – has confronted an issue that was threatening to overshadow the legal battle between the two. For Zondo, honesty seems to be the best policy. He explained the nature of his relationship with Thobeka Madiba, and reasoned that this is ‘not a conflict of interest’.

“About 25 years ago, when I was in my 30s and was still in private practice as a lawyer — I got into a relationship with a certain woman, out of which a child was born. That relationship ended during the 1990s.”

“Unbeknown to anybody at the time, that woman’s sister, Ms. Thobeka Madiba, was, many years after that relationship had ended, to get married to Mr. Jacob Zuma. To my knowledge, Mr. Zuma had no relationship with Ms. Thobeka Madiba in the mid-1990s. Mr. Zuma then happened to marry the sister of a woman with whom I had a relationship. “

“It had ended so many years before that marriage, has never had any bearing on the execution of my judicial functions in the many matters involving Mr. Zuma in which I have sat as a justice of the Constitutional Court since 2012, nor does it have any bearing on the execution of my duties as chairperson of the commission.”

Raymond Zondo

Who is Thobeka Madiba?

Full Name: Thobeka Stacie Madiba.

Age: 48

Relationship History: Msholozi paid lobola to her clan for the right to marry her, and tied the knot in January 2010. She became the fifth of Jacob Zuma’s wives over a decade ago.

Notable Achievements: Thobeka led a Unicef-backed campaign to raise awareness about child brides, and pushed for more to be done to stop illegal marriages to minors happening. She also studied at the Umlazi Campus of the University of Zululand where she graduated with a B.Com.

Trouble in paradise? Back in January, she was allegedly banished from Zuma’s Nkandla compound – after the former president accused her of taking his sim cards without his permission. Divorce papers had been filed recently, but were withdrawn two weeks ago.

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Thobeka Madiba is a former First Lady of SA – Photo: GCIS

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