Makhumalo Zuma Passed Away – South African’s former First Lady, and wife of Jacob Zuma Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo, also known as Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma has died. She was 81-year-old.
Makhumalo First Lady of South Africa, and was the first wife in a polygamous marriage with Jacob Zuma, the former President of South Africa.
Who Is Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma
- Born: 2 March 1940 (age 81 years)
- Spouse: Jacob Zuma (m. 1973)
- Previous office: First Lady of South Africa (2009–2018)
First Lady of South Africa MaKhumalo Zuma Has Passed Away
Zuma became the 4th President of South Africa after the general election in 2009, and chose Khumalo to be his First Lady from 2009 to 2014, after which he chose one of his other wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli Zuma, to succeed her. She is the founder of the Sizakhele MaKhumalo Zuma Foundation.
MaKhumalo Zuma Biography
Khumalo met Zuma in 1959 and the two started a relationship, but they were separated when Zuma was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Zuma and Khumalo were married after he was released in 1973, and in 1975 Zuma went into exile leaving Khumalo behind. While in exile he started a relationship with another ANC exile Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the two later got married, making Khumalo Zuma’s first wife in a polygamous marriage according to Zulu tradition. The couple have no children.
Reactions Over The Death Of MaKhumalo Zuma Death
A lot of people from South Africa are reacting over the death of MaKhumalo. Some claim the former First Lady of SA has not died and that the news about her passing was spread by eNCA.
“That captured channel called eNCA will continue adding fuel about this Zuma issue… Now they brought a person who said Zuma’s wife MaKhumalo is dead while she’s alive. They wanna cause choas.”
That captured channel called eNCA will continue adding fuel about this Zuma issue… Now they brought a person who said Zuma’s wife MaKhumalo is dead while she’s alive. They wanna cause choas.
— The Notorious Cellular® (@Cellular_Jnr) July 12, 2021
Another Twitter user said “Now the question is, if a news channel that has thousands of audience is sharing lies about a death that could possibly cause more violence in the country, what was their aim? What are they willing to see that’s not happening at this point? Come on man! Pouting faceAngry facePouting facePouting face MaKhumalo Zuma.”
Now the question is, if a news channel that has thousands of audience is sharing lies about a death that could possibly cause more violence in the country, what was their aim? What are they willing to see that’s not happening at this point? Come on man! 😡😠😡😡 MaKhumalo Zuma
— Bukie (@Bukekazwane) July 12, 2021
While some still believe MaKhumalo has died, and the news about her being alive is probably spread to calm tensions, the accused news breaker, eNCA has not released counter statement on the claimed passing of MaKhumalo.
President Jacob Zuma’s first wife, Makhumalo has passed away, this comes after she collapsed when Jacob Zuma was being jailed. This happens after Zuma’s younger brother Micheal also passed away on Sunday morning.
— Madoka™🇰🇪 (@Madoka_Ke) July 12, 2021
A News and Website Facebook page named “After Tears News” shared a post, announcing that the news on passing of Jacob’s Zuma’s wife is “devoid of truth.”
“BREAKING NEWS:- News of MaKhumalo’s death is ‘devoid of truth’ – Jacob Zuma Foundation Speculation was rife on Monday that Sizakele ‘MaKhumalo’ Khumalo, Jacob Zuma’s first wife, had died.The Jacob Zuma Foundation has quashed speculation that Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma has died.
This comes after unconfirmed reports surfaced on television attributed to former statistician general Pali Lehohla that the former president’s first wife died on Monday. The broadcast channel said the reports were unconfirmed. The speculation comes amid widespread anarchy, civil unrest and looting throughout KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as part of a campaign to free the former president.”
Violence Over Jacob Zuma’s Jailing
In the past few days, violence has erupted in some parts of South Africa over Jacob Zuma’s jailing. The former president of South Africa has been charged for corruption and he is facing 15 months imprisonment.
Disturbances worsened as Zuma challenged his 15-month prison term in the country’s top court after weekend unrest by pro-Zuma protesters in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng, where the country’s largest city Johannesburg is located.
Jacob Zuma Turns Himself To Authority For 15 Months Jailing
On Wednesday, the former South African president, Jacob Zuma, turned himself in to police to begin 15 months in jail for contempt of court, the culmination of a long legal drama seen as a test of the country’s ability to enforce the rule of law.