- Jacob Zuma resigned as president last week
- He had 4 wives, all of them serving officially or unofficially as first ladies
- South Africa will now have only 1 first lady
The end of Jacob Zuma's reign as President of South Africa also brought an end to South Africa's uncommon status of having four first ladies.
Zuma has four wives, who all served officially or unofficially as first ladies during his term of office.
Zuma's first wife, Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma, was his preferred choice for first lady when he first assumed office in 2009.
MaKhumalo founded the Sizakhele MaKhumalo Zuma Foundation and her tenure as official first lady ended in 2014.
Zuma chose his youngest wife, Nompulelelo Ntuli Zuma, to be the official first lady once he began his second term as president.
According to News24, MaNtuli was reportedly sidelined following allegations that Zuma was poisoned. She vehemently denied these allegations through her lawyer.
Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and Bongekile MaNgema Zuma also served as first ladies. Madiba-Zuma is known for her Unicef-backed campaign to raise awareness about child brides.
Madiba-Zuma was also the most active on social media. In the days leading up to Zuma's resignation, she stoked controversy by saying he'll finish his term.
Following Cyril Ramaphosa's election President, South Africa now has only one first lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
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