Our dear president Jacob Zuma truly is the father of a nation. A busy man, he has fathered at least 22 children, all of whom he loves dearly, he’s said. Here’s a round-up of his offspring.

President Zuma once said in a TV interview: “There are plenty of politicians who have mistresses and children that they hide so as to pretend they’re monogamous. I prefer to be open. I love my wives and I’m proud of my children.”

Read also : Pres. Zuma fathered 20th child with his friend’s youngest daughter.

The older clan:

The oldest 10 are mostly the children of former wives Kate Mantsho and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Kate had 5 children with Jacob, but tragically committed suicide in 2000. Dlamini-Zuma had 4 children with Zuma and divorced him in 1998; the following year she became cabinet minister.

1. Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma (son)

Mother: Minah Shongwe.
Born: 1977.

Edward Zuma

Zuma’s oldest son and also perhaps the most controversial one, Edward started law studies at the University of Zululand.

In 2000 he was arrested for raping a fellow student, but the woman withdrew the charges (after receiving compensation, reported Noseweek). Edward has since been in the news for defaulting on a multimillion loan, owing a million bucks to his wedding planner, allegedly dealing in contraband cigarettes, dropping xenophobic remarks and avoiding paying maintenance for his son.

2. Mxolisi (Saady) Zuma (son)

Mother: Kate Mantsho.
Born: 1980.

Mxolisi is the oldest of 5 children born to Jacob and Kate Mantsho. Born in Mozambique. After 10 years, they moved to Zimbabwe and finally relocated to South Africa in 1993. He was 20 years old when his mom passed away. Today he has business interests in at least 6 investment and broker companies, but he stays out of the news and off social media.

3. Msholozi Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Born: 1982.

Msholozi Zuma

Msholozi, Zuma’s oldest daughter, was named after her father’s clan name. She’s also the oldest of Zuma’s children with his now ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who divorced Jacob when Msholozi was 16.

Here she is seen celebrating her mom’s birthday in 2012.

4. Duduzane (Zane) Zuma (son, twin)

Mother: Kate Mantsho.
Born: 1984 .

Duduzane Zane Zuma

Brother Zane has a taste for the lavish. In 2009 he cruised on a luxury passenger ship costing around R200,000 per week. He lives in a grand house in Johannesburg with a fleet of luxury cars, although it’s technically owned by Mabengela Investments – of which he is a director along with the Gupta brothers. He is also director of Shiva Uranium and tied to at least 10 other companies.


5. Duduzile (Dudu) Zuma (daughter, twin)

Mother: Kate Mantsho.
Born: 1984.

Duduzile Zuma Twitter Drum

The twin sister of Zane, Dudu is also famous for her bling lifestyle. In 2009 she hosted her birthday party with a guest list 600 names long, an open bar and luxury champagne on tap. She’s on the board of a number of investment companies, and founded African Star Communications, a PR and events company. Deeply touched by her mom’s suicide, Dudu also founded the Dudu Zuma Foundation charity for underprivileged women and children, specifically assisting those at risk of suicide.

6. Gugulethu (Gugu) Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Born: 1985.

Gugulethu Gugu Zuma

Gugu is perhaps best known as actress in the roles of Lesedi Moloi in Isidingo, Sergeant Bhelu Mini in Interrogation Room, Coco in It’s for Life, and Zozo in Rhythm City. She graduated from AFDA Cape Town in 2007 with a Live Performance degree and her group’s graduation film, “Sindiswa”, was nominated for the Student Academy Awards (Student Oscars) in Hollywood.

She’s more than an actress, however, and also has various business interests, including Nyenyedzi Productions, which produced It’s for Life. “Politics just isn’t in my blood,” she once told Beeld. “There are other ways of reaching out to people besides being a politician. I decided the way I wanted to influence people was through media, and film-making specifically.”

7. Nokuthula (Thuli) Nomaqhawe Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Born: 1987.

Nokuthula Thuli Nomaqhawe Zuma

A brainy one, Thuli graduated in 2012 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Masters degree in Economics, and she also did her Masters of Public Policy Management at Wits University. She’s been working at the Presidency Department of Monitoring and Evaluation since 2010 and also has interests in at least 4 businesses.


8. Thuthukile (Thuthu) Xolile Nomonde Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Born: 28 April 1989.

Thuthu Zuma

Another offspring of the president that has hit the headlines, Thuthu has had a meteoric career path. A year after obtaining her BA honours in anthropology in 2012, she was appointed public liaison officer at the Ministry of State Security. Another year later, in 2014, at the tender age of 25, Thuthu became the youngest ever ministerial chief of staff with her appointment in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, earning nearly R1 million annually. Thuthukile also has business interests.



9. Phumzile Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Kate Mantsho.
Born: 1989.

Phumzile isn’t often in the spotlight. She studied at Wits and became a Scientologist, and gave a speech at the opening of the Scientology Life Improvement Centre in Johannesburg in March 2010.

10. Nhlakanipho Vusi Zuma (son)

Mother: Kate Mantsho.
Born: 1993.

The youngest of Kate’s children, Vusi is very quiet in the media.

On 21 June he tweeted:


And on 10 May, he tweeted this message:


The younger clan:

Not too much is public about Zuma’s younger children, which means the birth order below is all approximate. Wife MaNtuli has so far produced 3 children for Jacob, and currently lives near Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal. And in February 2015 MaNtuli was evicted from Nkandla after being accused of trying to poison the president and father of her children.

Wife Gloria Bongekile Ngema has given Jacob a son and he has another child (gender unknown) with wife Thobeka Madiba (Mabhija), who lives in Durban North and is also looking after a daughter and twins he fathered with an unknown woman from Johannesburg.

Furthermore we know he has two children with Priscilla Nonkwaleko Mhlongo (a Pietermaritzburg businesswoman), a daughter with a woman from Richard’s Bay, and a son with Sonono Khoza, daughter of the president’s friend Irvin Khoza.

11. Name? (daughter)

Mother: Priscilla Nonkwaleko Mhlongo.
Born: 18 January 1998.

12. Name? (daughter)

Mother: Priscilla Nonkwaleko Mhlongo.
Born: 19 September 2002.

13. Thandisiwe Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Nompumelelo (MaNtuli) Ntuli
Born: 1 January? 2002

14. Sinqobile Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Nompumelelo (MaNtuli) Ntuli
Born: 1 February 2006

15. Sinqumo Zuma (son)

Mother: Gloria Bongekile Ngema
Born: 2006

Sinqumo Zuma

16 & 17. Names? (son & daughter twins)

Mother: Johannesburg woman
Born: ?

18. Name? (gender?)

Mother: Thobeka Stacie Madiba (Mabhija).
Born: October 2007

19. Bridget? (daughter)

Mother: Johannesburg woman, but currently lives with wife Thobeka Madiba (Mabhija).
Born: ?

20. Thandekile Matina Zuma (daughter)

Mother: Sonono Khoza, daughter of Irvin Khoza
Born: 8 October 2009

Zuma’s 20th child (officially).

21. Manqoba Kholwani Zuma (son)

Mother: Nompumelelo (MaNtuli) Ntuli
Born: August 2010

22. Jabulile? (daughter)

Mother: woman from Richards Bay
Born: ?