They were separated when Zuma went to prison, but immediately after his release they got married in 1973 and together they do not have children. Gertrude stays at Nkandla and if the reports are anything to go by, she takes care of some of Zuma's children.
Gertrude is described as a pillar of strength by those who knows her better, especially Zuma's younger sister Sibongile . She became a laughing stock while Zuma was in exile but couldn't give up on their love .
She waited for him while he was in exile and she didn't listen to those who told her that Zuma had died and he won't come back to her. She has been there for him and as the first wife she learnt to accept Zuma's choice of marrying other wives .
Gertrude is two years older than Jacob Zuma but she treats him with respect. When speaking about her love for him she said, " I loved him and i will always love him".
She is the founder of the Sizakhele Makhumalo Zuma Foundation. The organization provides help to rural and agricultural areas. She served as the first Lady of South Africa from 2009 to 2014, during Zuma's reign as president.
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