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Age gap of 52 years separates former president and latest wife

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Nonkanyiso Conco, who gave birth to a son on Zuma’s 76th birthday on April 12, has been visiting the Nkandla compound since she was 19. Details of their wedding are yet to be announced.

Conco, who is 52 years younger than the former president, is understood to be recovering following a caesarean section at Busamed Hillcrest Hospital.

Several hospital sources confirmed that Zuma visited his wife-to-be on the day the baby was delivered. His platoon of protectors had closed off a section of the maternity ward during the visit.

A hospital staff member, who did not want to be named, said the medical facility had been bristling with activity when the boy was born.

“He [Zuma] didn’t only come and visit once, he came three times. All of his guards were here,” she said.

The hospital and Conco’s gynaecologist refused to comment.

STEEPED IN ZULU TRADITION

Before her engagement to Zuma, Conco was a director of the Pietermaritzburg-based Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development organisation, which promotes and preserves the Zulu cultural practice of virginity testing.

She has participated in the annual reed dance, at which young women present reeds to the Zulu king as a sign of their virgin status.

The new mother, who at one time lived in a cramped flat in Durban’s Esplanade area, now lives in the plush Hilltop Estate in Ballito, where properties sell for more than R2-million.

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