African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has come out to deny rumours that she is set to remarry President Jacob Zuma.
Her statement comes after the chief executive officer of Sygnia Group, Magda Wierzycka, posted on social media that she reliably gathered that the former AU chairperson is planning to reunite with Zuma.
Taking to social media on Monday, Wierzycka posted she was informed that “Dlamini-Zuma now wears her wedding ring again”. She went to congratulate the ANC presidential hopeful for taking a bold step to get back to South Africa’s embattled president.
“Secret marriage? Renewal of vows? Congratulations seem in order,” the Sygnia CEO wrote.
I have been reliably told NDZ is wearing her wedding ring again. Secret marriage? Renewal of vows? Congratulations seem in order.
— Magda Wierzycka (@Magda_Wierzycka) November 12, 2017
Shortly after Wierzycka’s claim went viral, Dlamini-Zuma hopped over to Twitter, where she immediately shut down the claim, saying she bought the ring herself.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma replied: “Hi Magda, not that it’s important but everything I own, ring included, I bought for myself. Let’s rather be progressive and policies such as gender budgeting. You are better than this gossip. Here is the gender budgeting article for reference.”
Hi Magda, not that it’s important but everything I own, ring included, I bought for myself. Let’s rather be progressive and policies such as gender budgeting. You are better than this gossip. Here is the gender budgeting article for reference https://t.co/LCWjpGCgIm…. 🖤💚💛
— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) November 13, 2017
Dlamini-Zuma, 68, was married to President Zuma for a 16-year period between 1982-1998, explaining the second part of her surname. They had four children – Msholozi (35), Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube (33), Thuli (30), and Thuthukile Zuma (28) – together before getting divorced.
The former AU Chair has enjoyed a warm relationship with the embattled President since they got separated.
According to reports, Dlamini-Zuma declined an offer to replace Zuma when he was sacked from his post as deputy president of the ANC in 2007.
Zuma, on the other hand, openly canvased support for Dlamini-Zuma when she sought the AU seat and is still campaigning for her to take over the leadership reigns of the ANC next month.
A Zulu born in Natal, Dlamini-Zuma studied Zoology and Botany at the University of Zululand. She also studied medicine at the University of Natal but had to complete her medical degree at the University of Bristol, U.K., after she went into exile for political reasons.
The ANC presidential aspirant holds the distinction of serving in the cabinets of all three of South Africa’s post-Apartheid presidents as minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs at various times.
In 2012, she broke records when she became the first woman to chair the African Union Commission. She, however, declined to run for another tenure at AU as she wanted to focus on winning the ruling party’s leadership race.
Dlamini-Zuma will go against five other candidates during ANC elective conference scheduled to hold next month. Her closest rival in the race is her ex-husband’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.