Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson Mandla Mandela and his adorable wife Nosekeni Rabia Mandela are expecting their first baby.
On Monday, the couple confirmed the news with a picture of a heavily pregnant Rabia. The picture, which was apparently taken in Swellendam, with the Langeberg range in the background, showed Mandla standing and holding his wife from behind.
In a statement released afterwards, Mandla thanked friends and family who stood by him all through the year he’s been with his wife.
“We are excited beyond words today to be celebrating, not only our first wedding anniversary but also the fact that we are expecting our first bundle of joy – in transit.
Mvezo Komkhulu will once again experience the pitter patter of a young Mandela’s feet. It’s been an amazing year. We are truly blessed, and very grateful for all the well wishes received.”
Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela is the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and the grandson of Nelson Mandela.
He was born in 1974 and first gained nationwide and international attention in 2007 when he was crowned the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council.
Mandla was enthroned on a silver platter after Nelson Mandela declined to reclaim his leadership position, opting to combat the white rule in South Africa.
Prior to Mandla’s marriage to Nosekeni Rabia Mandela, he had been married to three other women.
His first wife was Tando Mabunu-Mandela, whom he married in 2004. Their marriage hit the rocks after some years. Mandla and Tando are reportedly still entangled in a bitter divorce.
Six years later, he wedded Anais Grimaud, from Reunion, in a traditional ceremony. The marriage was annulled following allegations that she had an affair with his younger brother.
In 2014, Mandla then married Swazi princess Mbali Makhathini. Their marriage hit the rocks too and was subsequently annulled by a court after his first wife opened charges of bigamy.
In February 2016, little known Rabia Clarke walked into Mandla’s arms, found love in him and finally tied the knot to her dream man in a quiet ceremony at the Cape Town mosque.
Rabia’s marriage’s to Mandla Mandela was the most controversial of them all, after it emerged that he converted to Islam in the course of the marriage.
At the time, the Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) argued that Mandla’s conversion could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions. But against all odds, Mandla Mandela stuck to his new faith while his wife was renamed in accordance with tradition one week later.