The name Zuma carries a lot of weight in South Africa's political circle. Little wonder, Mxolisi Zuma is better known for being the second son of Jacob Zuma, a former president of South Africa. Despite the spotlight on this famous family, Mxolisi had always managed to stay out of the news until recently when he was embroiled in a financial allegation.
The second son of Zuma Mxolisi caught public attention for his involvement in a financial scandal in 2017. However, his largely extravagant wedding to Ziyanda Dlamini, a beautiful princess from Swaziland, brought him great public recognition. Details about his personal life, family, and other interesting facts are discussed in the following paragraphs.
Mxolisi profile summary
- Full name: Mxolisi Zuma
- Nickname: Saady Zuma
- Year of birth: 1980
- Age: 40 years
- Place of birth: Mozambique
- Nationality: South African
- Occupation: Businessman
- Father: Jacob Zuma
- Mother: Kate Mantsho
- Siblings: Duduzane Zuma, Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma, Duduzile Zuma, Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube (and others)
- Spouses: Phindile Luthuli and Ziyanda Dlamini
Background information on Mxolisi
Mxolisi was born in Mozambique, where his family sought refuge during the height of the apartheid government in South Africa. Although he is not the oldest child of Jacob Zuma, he is the eldest of the five children of his late mother Kate Mantsho.
The young Mxolisi and his four siblings grew up on the streets of Mozambique where they went to the local school and learned Portuguese. After staying there for ten years, Mxolisi Zuma parents and the children relocated to Zimbabwe before finally going back to South Africa in 1993. Unfortunately, when Mxolisi was 20 years of age, he lost his mother.
Mxolisi Zuma age is 40 years old as of 2020. The successful business mogul was born outside his homeland in 1980. His birth day and month are not known yet.
Mxolisi Zuma wife
The 40-year-old businessman currently has two wives. He got married to his first wife, Phindile Luthuli, in Durban in 2008. Nine years later, Mxolisi married Ziyanda Dlamini, a Swazi princess and the daughter of King Mswati. Mxolisi Zuma wedding with the Swaziland princess was not only lavish, but it attracted considerable media attention. The wedding ceremony was held in the Ludzidzini royal residence in Lobamba, south of Mbabane, Swaziland, in 2017.
According to reports, when the proceedings ended, the princess got cash from Zuma's family as a token of appreciation. She was presented 250,000 emalangeni, while her husband Mxolisi presented her with 50,000 emalangeni in cash. In summation, she received a total of almost 1,000,000 emalangeni.
It is not news that Mxolisi's father is a man of many wives, which consequently translates to his many children. Before Mxolisi's mother Kate Mantsho died, she had five children with Zuma, including Duduzane, Mziwoxolo Edward, Duduzile, and Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube.
Other Mxolisi Zuma siblings include Msholozi, Nokuthula Nomaqhawe, Thuthukile (Thuthu) Xolile Nomonde, Phumzile, and Nhlakanipho Vusi, among others.
Mxolisi Zuma career
Not much is known about Zuma's son's educational background, apart from the fact he schooled in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and possibly South Africa. However, today, he is known to be a successful investor with several business interests in more than six investment and broker companies.
Mxolisi Zuma scandal
The South African media was set abuzz when the second son of Jacob Zuma was accused of corruption in August 2017. It was alleged that the former President son tried to negotiate an R54 million bribe with Altech UEC, a subsidiary of the technology company Altron, using his father's influence to swing a deal by the South African government for the manufacture of TV set-top boxes.
Nevertheless, it is widely believed the money was never paid. Also, in 2019, Dr. Dan Matjil, while testifying at the commission, accused Mxolisi Saady Zuma of impropriety at the corporation.
Mxolisi Zuma pictures
Mxolisi still manages to stay out of the news and social media despite his family's recent media coverage. There are only a few photos of him on the media or internet since he is hardly active on social media platforms.
Mxolisi Zuma represents a young generation of South African business leaders. With the influence of his family, he has built a successful business empire over the years. However, there are still mixed feelings about his success, as some believe that he abused his right as a former president's son.
Briefly.co.za, early this month reported on how controversial the songstress Kelly Khumalo responded to former President Jacob's son Duduzane's tweet when he shared that his father "made sure that ARV’s were made available and accessible to millions of South Africans."
The songstress advised him to pave his way and not use his father's "platform to build what only YOU can be accountable for. Have your own voice."