- Jacob Zuma’s brother, Khanya, has confirmed the ex-president's split from his baby mama, Nonkanyiso Conco
- Khanya Zuma said the family is dealing with the pair’s break-up
- According to reports, Zuma kicked Nonkanyiso out of her rented home in Ballito, north of Durban
- It's alleged that the break-up happened a year ago but has been kept under wraps
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By Lungani Zungo - Freelance journalist
The recent rumours that former president Jacob Zuma and his fiancée Nonkanyiso Conco have parted ways have been confirmed by a family member.
Zuma’s younger brother, Khanya, 74, exclusively confirmed the split to Briefly.co.za.
“Yes, we know about it as the family but there’s nothing unusual about it. It’s not the first time this is happening to a person and certainly not the last. We will deal with this as a family,” said Khanya.
He, however, would not be drawn into commenting about the reasons that led to the split between the pair.
Khanya, who resides in the Nkandla homestead next to his brother’s compound, said he had not spoken to Zuma about the break-up.
According to a report by City Press, the split happened last year but has been kept a secret.
The paper claimed that Conco was kicked out of the Ballito house that Zuma allegedly rented for her.
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Had Zuma gone on to tie the knot with her, she would’ve been wife number five for the ex-president.
Zuma, 78, and Conco, 25, have been tight-lipped about their split with reports suggesting that both families had agreed to keep the break-up a secret.
Conco’s father, Fartescue, declined to comment.
“This issue is just causing unending headaches for me and my family. I don’t want to talk about it any more,” he told Briefly.co.za.
It's no secret that Fartescue did not approve of his daughter's relationship with Zuma. Conco's father said he was angered that Zuma did not pay lobola for his daughter.
According to reports, Fartescue says Conco blocked him on all her contacts, also confirming she did not live in Ballito any more.
Two years ago, Conco gave birth to a baby boy who became Zuma’s youngest child.
The former president allegedly first met Conco, who is from Matitiele, at an annual reed dance in Nongoma in 2013 hosted by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Efforts to get a comment from Conco proved futile as her phone went to voicemail.
Just four months ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Nonkanyiso took to social media to share the harsh realities of being in a polygamous relationship.
She opened up about the pain of having to raise her young child alone, receiving overwhelming support from her social media followers.
Nonkanyiso Conco came into the spotlight two years ago when the world learnt that the then 24-year-old was carrying Zuma's child. Her son, Sakh'muzi, is almost two years old now.
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