Mandela’s daughter weds MK veteran

FORMER president Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindziswa “Zindzi” Mandela-Hlongwane, 52, married her second husband in an intimate ceremony in his hometown of Potchefstroom, North West on Monday.

MK veteran and SANDF member Molapo Motlhajwa, 37, and the second daughter from the statesman’s second marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela signed their nuptial agreement at Home Affairs before heading to a reception on Raditseng street in Ikageng township.

Motlhajwa, in a high-collar white shirt and black pants, strolled around the black Jeep Grand Cherokee amid the screams of 300 community members to open the door for his new bride, dressed in a silver-grey gown.

Although not much is known about the couple, friends say they went public with their relationship at the ANC conference in Bloemfontein last year December.

A source close to the couple said yesterday: “They have been secretly dating for a while now. They just wanted people to know they were in love.”

About 150 invited guests – who sat inside the black-and-white decorated marquee listening to speeches by friends and family – were treated to a fried fish starter. The main course included a choice of meat stew or chicken served with pumpkin and rice, accompanied by sweet red wine.

Friends of the bride said to the groom: “You better take care of her because she is part of our family and will always be a part of our family.”

A relative of the groom said: “We only heard this Saturday that he was getting married to Nelson Mandela’s daughter. ”

The couple have five children between them – four from Mandela-Hlongwane and an eight- year-old from Motlhajwa.