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Zuma's joyful dance as he marries for fifth time

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, married for the fifth time, giving the Zulu traditionalist his third current wife.

The ceremony took place at Mr Zuma's traditional home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal province, where the president (68), in Zulu tribal dress, married Tobeka Madiba (37).

"This is a traditional affair and there is a lot of dancing and celebrating," said Mike Zuma, the President's brother. "Later, we will slaughter some animals and have a feast with the guests."

Ms Madiba and Mr Zuma have three children and were married according to South African law before yesterday's traditional ceremony.

Hundreds of people were arrived at the village in the morning, and the guests included cabinet ministers and other politicians.

Multiple marriages are allowed in South Africa and form part of Zulu culture, but the practice has drawn criticism from Aids activists in a country with one of the highest infection rates in the world.

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