Zulu King to marry sixth queen


July 25 - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will marry his sixth wife at Ondini Royal Palace on Saturday. Swaziland-born Zola Mafu will formally exchange vows with the King, ten years after joining the royal family.

ULUNDI - Preparations are well under way for the royal wedding of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to his sixth wife.

Thousands of dignitaries are on the guest list for the nuptials on Saturday.

The king is set to marry 27-year-old Swazi national, Zola Mafu.

Mafu joined the royal family in 2004 and gave birth to Prince Nhlendla the following year.

Although the king paid lobolo for her, the ceremony has been delayed a number of times.

King Zwelithini&39;s last wedding was 22 years ago to Queen Nompumelelo Mchiza.

The 66-year-old King already has five wives who live in his palaces in Nongoma and Ulundi.  

The King’s regiments will be in full force, breaking into song and dance to mark the occasion.

The wedding has been billed by organisers as a fusion of Zulu and Swazi cultures.

* For more on the wedding, watch the video in the gallery above.

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