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Opinion: Zuma's first wife suffered for loving him, 25 years waiting for a man she ended up sharing

Gertrude Sizakhele Khumalo has challenged many women by the way she has always expressed her love for Zuma. She loved him and still do, no matter the circumstances and the shame and pity that Zuma puts her through when he marries again and again.


Zuma's first wife is two years older than him but she respect him so much. The two met in 1959 and in 1963 he got arrested. She waited for him until he came back after ten years, that was in 1973 when they finally got married.

In 1975 Zuma went into exile, leaving Makhumalo with his family in Nkandla. She was stuck with his family and chose to be a loyal wife to her husband.

Zuma spent 15 years in exile and when he came back for good in 1990 he had already added two wives, Kate Mantsho whom he married in 1976 and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma whom he married in 1982.


Looking at all those years that Zuma was away from home that makes it 25 years in total, it is clear that Gertrude never had quality time to share love with Zuma.By the time he was free at last he had added more wives making it a polygamous marriage, but through it all, Gertrude keep choosing Zuma.


She suffered for loving him. Some men tried to take advantage of her saying Zuma is dead and would never come back. " I was alone, i was called names by some within the family", she said. Makhumalo doesn't have children with Zuma but her love for him is genuine.

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