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A Mandela weds in secret

2012-09-24 08:49:09.0 | MATTHEW MPAHLWA |

IN one of the best kept secrets of the Mandela family, Zondwa "Gadaffi" Mandela (pictured), the controversial grandson of Nelson Mandela and his second wife Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, tied the knot with Lindo Zici in Qunu village outside Mthatha last Saturday

The wedding celebrations are set to continue today with a white wedding, following the Xhosa traditional wedding rites conducted yesterday when the two families exchanged gifts.

The activities started early Saturday morning and security measures at the bride's home were testimony to the families' almost obsessive desire to keep the ceremonies as private as possible.

The white wedding will be held at a secret venue and has a closely guarded celeb guest list.

However, among those expected to attend today is President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma, a colleague of Zondwa at scandal-riddled Aurora Gold mine which went bust a year ago.

Business people, politicians, royalty and members of the AbaThembu royal family and a few invited neighbours will also grace the white wedding.

Sources close to both families reveal that Zondwa insisted several times that he wanted a quiet ceremony, with little fanfare and free of media fracas.

When Sunday World called the bride on Friday she indicated that she was shocked that the media had found out about the wedding.

"I thought we had managed to escape you guys and keep all this top secret but, yes, I can confirm I'm getting married to Zondwa," said Zici.

She also indicated that she wasn't sure whether the media was allowed and would have to speak to Zondwa about it.

After 10 minutes she called back indicating that "I have been advised not to speak to the media yet".

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