Nonkanyiso Conco, appears to have been a student at Varsity College. She has a great passion for Zulu culture practices which will fit in well with the former president’s own devotion to tradition. She will soon be Zuma’s seventh wife.
Conco confirmed on Friday to TimesLive, that her and Zuma are to be wed. This is when the news broke, but Conco would not give too much information, only that both families have met for lobola negotiations.
Conco will be joining Zuma’ s other wives - Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma, and – although estranged after accusations of infidelity and her alleged involvement in a supposed plot to poison Zuma – Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma.
Here are five things we do know about the bride-to-be, so far:
1. Msholozi is the father of her child
Conco’s baby boy was, reportedly, born on 12 April 2018, which also happens to be Zuma’s birthday.
2. Was she a student at Varsity College?
A LinkedIn profile of Conco, bearing her name and profile picture indicates that she was a student at the Varsity College at Durban Campus from 2013 – 2015. It is not clear what she was studying.
3. She works for the Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation
Conco, according to TimesLive, is a director at the organization. Their aim is to protect “cultural practices of Zulu maidens”.
4. Her passion for cultural practices.
"First, those Indian and white women should go through virginity testing in a traditional way. I get tested every month. As we were waiting to collect the reeds, police pushed us aside to open a space for Ella to pick up the reed ahead of us and lead us. I felt undermined and insulted," Conco told IOL, in a piece about why the reed dance shouldn't allow women of other races to participate.
5. She is her mid-twenties
Most reports have given Conco's age as 24; others insist she's 26. Either way, she will be the youngest of 76-year-old Zuma's wives.
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