Former President Jacob Zuma once said in an interview that there are plenty of politicians who have mistresses and children that they hide in order to pretend that they are monogamous.

Jacob Zuma said he prefers to be open as he was proud of all his wives and children. Zuma’s oldest child is 45 and the youngest is 12 years old.

The oldest ten are mainly the children of former wives Kate Zuma and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Kate had 5 children with Jacob and she committed suicide in 2000.

Nkosazana had 4 children with Jacob Zuma and they got divorced in 1998. One of Zuma’s oldest and controversial sons is Edward who studied Law Studies at the University of Zululand.


Mxolisi is the oldest of Kate Zuma’s five children. He was born in exile in Mozambique and moved to Zimbabwe before relocating to South Africa in 1993.

Duduzane Zuma has a taste for the lavish and he lives in a grand house in Johannesburg with a fleet of luxury cars. His twin sister Dudu is also famous for her lavish lifestyle.

Another daughter Gugu is known on tv dramas such as Isidingo and Rhythm City. Another one Thuli graduated in 2012 from the University of KwaZuluNatal with a Masters Degree in Economics.

Vusi Zuma, the youngest of Kate Zuma’s children passed away in 2018. Jacob Zuma’s wife MaNtuli has three children with the former president.

Gloria Ngema has one child with Jacob Zuma while Thobeka Madiba also has one child with Msholozi. He also has several other children with other women.