Edward Zuma’s bio: age, wife, siblings, education, net worth

Edward Zuma’s bio: age, wife, siblings, education, net worth

Edward Zuma has made headlines in South Africa for the wrong reasons. He is an outspoken person who often irks people. Many people know him as the eldest son of the former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

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A collage of Edward Zuma and his father. Photo: @infoandvibes, @brieflynews (modified by author)
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Edward Zuma came into the limelight when he was a campus student. His father's election as the fourth president of South Africa also thrust him into fame. The former president's era lasted from 2009 to 2018.

Profile summary

Full nameMziwoxolo Edward Zuma
Year of birth1977
Age45 years (as of 2022)
Place of birthSouth Africa
Current residenceJohannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBlack
Marital statusMarried
SpousePhumelele Shange
FatherJacob Zuma
Mother Minah Shongwe
Alma materUniversity of Zululand
ProfessionTrained lawyer, activist, and company director

Who is Edward Zuma?

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Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma is the son of former South African president, Jacob Zuma. He is the first son of the former president, and people know him for his outspoken nature. On several occasions, he has rubbed people the wrong way with his words.

When was Edward Zuma born?

The former first son was born in 1977. The exact month and day remain unconfirmed in the public domain. How old is Edward Zuma? He is 45 years old as of 2022.

Where is Edward Zuma from?

The former first son was born in South Africa, and his nationality is South African. He is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

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Jacob Zuma addresses the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo: @Phill Magakoe / AFP
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Who is Edward Zuma's mother?

Edward Zuma's mother is Minah Shongwe. Not much was known about her life. Shongwe passed away in March 2018 after being ill for a while. She was not married to the former president.

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Who are Edward Zuma's siblings?

The former first son has 22 siblings. His siblings are born by other women in his father's life. The names of some of his younger siblings are not known publicly, although their mothers are. Some of the names of his siblings are listed below.

  • Mxolisi (Saady)
  • Msholozi
  • Duduzane (Zane)
  • Duduzile (Dudu)
  • Gugulethu (Gugu)
  • Nokuthula (Thuli) Nomaqhawe
  • Thuthukile (Thuthu) Xolile Nomonde
  • Phumzile
  • Nhlakanipho Vusi

Educational background

Edward went to the University of Zululand to pursue law. In 2000, he made headlines after being arrested for purportedly sexu*lly assaulting a student at the university. The victim dropped the suit against him after his family intervened and compensated her.


The former first son has been a director at Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd since 2011. He is also a Business Development Director at Isthebe Group of Companies. Besides, he is an activist who fights for the right of individuals violated by political leaders.

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Edward Zuma's net worth

There is no official communication about the former first son's net worth or salary. However, it is known that his father has a net worth of $20 million.

Who is the wife of Edward Zuma?

Phumelele Shange is his wife. The two wedded in a flashy multi-million wedding at Tala Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. They keep their relationship away from the public. Edward was the first Zuma to make the former president a grandfather.


A couple of years back, the former first son wrote an open letter to Pravin Gordhan, the then Minister of Finance. He accused the Minister of greed and accused other leaders of being corrupt.

The letter irked numerous citizens and SA residents. Many considered it hate speech. The Human Rights Commission demanded that he apologise to the Finance Minister and pay a fine of R60,000.

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The former first son has been accused of defaulting loans worth millions. He was also accused of failing to pay his wedding planner a considerable amount of money. In addition, he has been accused of dealing in contraband cigarettes.

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Jacob Zuma arrives to attend the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) during the 30th annual AU summit in Addis Ababa. Photo: @SIMON MAINA/ AFP
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Where is Edward Zuma now?

The former first son is still in South Africa. In 2021, he made headlines again after calling on his dad's supporters to converge on his Nkandla homestead. The move was frowned upon because the COVID-19 restrictions were still running, and mass gatherings were prohibited.

He made the call shortly after the apex court sentenced his father to 15 months in jail over his refusal to be part of the state capture inquiry.

He was a vocal opponent of his dad's sentencing. He pledged to defend his father with all his might. The former first son uttered words that left many in stitches. He said the following as the nation before his dad was sentenced.

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  • I will lay down my life for president Zuma. They are not going to take him to prison when I'm still alive. They will have to kill me first, I insist on that.
  • We don't care about police
  • Give his cell to another prisoner
  • I would suggest that the clock unclicks itself ... untick itself!
  • We have locksmiths, I’ll simply put a lock on the gate, and nobody will get access. If they break that, then they are breaking the law, and I’ll have to defend myself and defend the property of our family.

Eventually, his father was sentenced to 15 months at the Estcourt Correctional Centre. Is Zuma still on parole? The former president was released on medical parole in September 2021.

In law, he has not finished serving his sentence. Judge Tati Makgoka issued a judgement and said the former president must return to prison to complete his term.

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In June 2022, the former first son made headlines again for pressuring President Cyril Ramaphosa to account for the Phala Phala farm heist. According to Edward Zuma's latest news, he asked the president to vacate his position if he could not account for it.


  • Mrs. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Fikile Mabalula, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka were among the prominent figures who attended his wedding.
  • He is extremely protective of his family.

Edward Zuma is a controversial person whose words often land him in trouble. The former first son is a trained lawyer who works as an activist and is a company director.

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