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President Zuma finds support for his third first lady

Some believe polygamous marriage is outdated and that the president is setting a bad example but reaction in South Africa has been largely positive

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, sings and dances with his wife, Thobeka Madiba, at their wedding ceremony on Monday. She is his third current wife. Rajesh Jantilal / AFP
The South African president, Jacob Zuma, sings and dances with his wife, Thobeka Madiba, at their wedding ceremony on Monday. She is his third current wife. Rajesh Jantilal / AFP

JOHANNESBURG // With thousands of well-wishers looking on, the South African President Jacob Zuma's latest bride was asked whether she loved him, in a traditional ceremony this week on a hillside in Nxamalala, his home village deep in rural KwaZulu-Natal.