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All About Zenani Mandela’s Children and Divorce From Husband Prince Thumbumuzi

Zenani Mandela, the daughter of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratic president, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was married to Prince Thumbumuzi of Swaziland for close to twenty-five years. Prince Thumbumuzi was the monarch of Swaziland at the time of their marriage. The diplomat came from a family of chieftains; yet, she did not have an easy upbringing due to the fact that her father was arrested when she was only three years old and served a total of 27 years behind bars. Zenani Mandela did not have access to the affection and protection of her biological father during her formative years; nonetheless, she soon met and married Prince Thumbumuzi, with whom she went on to have four children over the course of their lengthy marriage.


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The wedding received a great deal of publicity, leading many people to believe that the couple's union would be one of those that would last forever. However, this did not turn out to be the case. Unfortunately, as time went on, their love for one another diminished, and by the year 2000, they had made the decision to end their marriage. In spite of the fact that they are no longer together, they continue to be involved in their children's lives and do their best to provide emotional support.


The marriage of Zenani Mandela and Prince Thumbumuzi was solemnized. Zenani Mandela was only 14 years old when her mother, Winnie Mandela, was about to give birth to her first child inside a prison in 1959. Zenani was terrified that her mother would be taken away from her. Winnie Mandela gave birth to Zenani. Early in 1959, not even a month or two after her mother was set free from jail, Princess Zenani was delivered. As a result of her participation in protests against apartheid, Winnie served time in jail on many occasions. Zenani had a difficult childhood as a result of her family's frequent relocations as a direct result of her mother's expulsion from certain regions, and she ultimately settled in Swaziland to complete her secondary education after leaving that country.

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During her stay, she had the opportunity to speak with Swaziland's Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini. The King of Swaziland, Sobhuza II, and Mbhono Shongwe of Swaziland are his parents. He is their son. Mswati III, who is currently reigning as king of Swaziland, is his younger brother. Later on, the Prince asked Zenani Mandela's father for her hand in marriage, and the couple tied the knot in 1973, when Zenani was only 14 years old and her husband was 24. Despite the fact that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at the time, he was not able to attend the wedding of his daughter since he was not present.


Zenani Mandela and her husband were able to attend Boston University on full scholarships in 1987 thanks to the assistance of a family friend named Robert Brown, who was a North Carolina businessman who had met the Mandela family in South Africa in 1986 while escorting Coretta Scott King through the country. After that, they uprooted their family and moved to the United States with their offspring. Both she and her husband, Prince Thumbumuzi, attended the same university and earned their bachelor's degrees. She focused her studies on marketing, while Prince Thumbumuzi studied finance during her four years there.


The Couple Ended Their Relationship After Roughly 27 Years of Waiting

The fact that Zenani Mandela's royal marriage to the Prince of Swaziland lasted for more than 25 years brought it to the attention of people all over the world. When Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first democratic president in 1994, the couple's marriage started to experience difficulties around the same time. Due to the fact that her parents were going through a divorce at the time, Zenani acted in the role of First Lady of the country. After that, she was only seen with her husband on a very infrequent basis, although she was frequently seen attending official events with her distinguished paternal grandfather.


A revelation made by the Swazi Prince in 2002 indicated that his marriage to Zenani Mandela had been in trouble for some time prior to the couple's divorce in 2000. In spite of the fact that their relationship had struck rock bottom, he stated that he adored Zenani and that because they had married according to the traditional customs of the Swazi culture, she would continue to be his wife. It has been said that while Nelson Mandela was still alive, he attempted to reconcile the previous marriage, but his attempts were fruitless. The couple is living apart from one another in their hometown at this time, but they have not yet petitioned the court for a divorce.


After marrying Prince Thumbumuzi and becoming a Princess with the title of Her Royal Highness, Zenani has maintained both her title and her husband's surname. She is now known as Her Royal Highness. Up until this point, neither one of them has brought up the issue that has been causing tension in their nearly 30-year-long relationship. During the period that Zenani Mandela and the Swazi Prince were together, they were successful in having four children.


The Children of Prince Thumbumuzi and Zenani Mandela are Presented Here


Zenani Mandela and her ex-husband had three children together prior to the year 1987, when the family moved to the United States. In 1977, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter whom they named Zaziwe Dlamini. Two years later, when their second daughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini, was born, their family was able to accommodate an even greater number of members. Zinhle and Zozuko Dlamini, the couple's sons, were born in 1980 and 1992, respectively. Let's take a look at some of Zenani Mandela's children and grandchildren.


Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway


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Prince Thumbumuzi had several children from previous marriages, including Prince Cedza Dlamini, before he wed Zenani Mandela. Among these children was Prince Thumbumuzi. Zaziwe, his first child with Princess Zenani, was born on June 16th, 1977 in Mbabane, which is located in the country of Swaziland. She graduated from Clark University in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is now working as a fashion designer. She began her professional life by teaching at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In subsequent years, Zaziwe held the position of living specialist for both the Seeds of Hope organization in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Coca-Cola Company in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to that, she was a counselor at Tara Hospital, which is located in Johannesburg.


Zaziwe Mandela-Dlamini has been an active member of the board of directors at their family business, Mandela, Dlamini, and Associates, for a considerable amount of time. In addition to this, she serves on the board of directors for the South African online gambling software provider Oxypite. Being Mandela was a reality television show that Zaziwe featured in back in 2013. Ziyanda David Manaway is the name of the child that she and her husband, David Manaway, have together.


Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela Zenani Mandela children (Image Source)


Entrepreneur, public speaker, and business developer Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela was born in Welkom, South Africa, in 1979. She is known for her work in all three of these areas. Her pride and joy is the luxury fashion brand Swati by Roi Kaskara, which she established in the year 2017. She earned a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Marketing from the educational establishment where she studied. Before opting to pursue a career in the fashion and retail industries, she worked for a significant amount of time in public relations. She was in charge of managing the House of Busby's publicity office in addition to overseeing the business endeavors of Mango and Claire.


Over the course of her career, she has worked as a management consultant for a variety of businesses, most notably those in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Zamaswazi worked together on the publication of the book "491 Days." She collaborated on the publication of Nelson Mandela's "Prison Letters" and was a co-producer of a documentary on her grandmother, Winnie Mandela. The granddaughter of Nelson Mandela is a founding partner of Qunu Workforce and a co-founder of the Long Walk of Freedom Brand. She is also Nelson Mandela's granddaughter.


Zinhle and Zozuko Dlamini

Zenani Mandela children

Zenani Mandela's children – Zhinle (L) and Zozuko Dlamini (R) (Image Source)


The Mandela sons, Zinhle and Zozuko, are said to be more quiet than their sisters, Zenani. As a direct consequence of this, the media only has a scattered assortment of information about them. On the other side, the diplomat and his wife had a medical doctor as their first son. After completing his studies at the University of Limpopo's Medunsa campus and earning his degree in medicine in December 2009, he solemnly swore the Hippocratic Oath. The graduate's parents, Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini and Princess Zelani Madela-Dlamini, as well as the graduate's maternal grandparents, were present at the ceremony to celebrate their son's accomplishment.


This demonstrates that the former couple still places a high value on family time and makes an effort to spend time with their children. Zozuko Dlamini was the couple's eighth and final child, and she was born in 1992. He is careful to keep his private life out of the public eye. As a direct consequence of this, he has disabled the public access to his Instagram account.


The Diplomat Does Not Have a Relationship with Anyone at This Time

Since the end of her marriage, Zenani Mandela has not been in a romantic connection, nor has she been the subject of any rumors of a possible romantic involvement. She has received a significant amount of press as a result of her successful professional career, which appears to have eclipsed her personal life. She was offered the position of South Africa's ambassador to Argentina under the leadership of former President Jacob Zuma. Cyril Ramaphosa gave her the position of South Africa's high commissioner to the island nation of Mauritius, and she remained in that role for a period of five years. Princess Zenani has been representing South Africa in her role as the country's ambassador to South Korea since 2019.


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