All 3 Wives to Join Zuma at Inauguration

South Africans left guessing which Zuma wife will be first lady

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2009 4:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – South Africa's polygamous president-elect has confounded media speculation by inviting all three of his wives to his inauguration tomorrow, the BBC reports. Many had hoped the event would signal which wife would become the official first lady. Jacob Zuma has also invited his 19 children. It's uncertain whether all three wives would be standing by Zuma's side when he is sworn in.

African National Congress  President Jacob Zuma, dances with his Nompumelelo Ntuli during their traditional Zulu wedding ceremony.
African National Congress President Jacob Zuma, dances with his Nompumelelo Ntuli during their traditional Zulu wedding ceremony.   (AP Photo/File)
ANC president Jacob Zuma's youngest wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, 34, raises her fist in victory after her husband cast his  ballot  in the village of Kwanxamalala, South Africa.
ANC president Jacob Zuma's youngest wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli, 34, raises her fist in victory after her husband cast his ballot in the village of Kwanxamalala, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
African National Congress president Jacob Zuma attends Heritage Day celebrations in honor of fromer Zulu King Shaka in Stanger, South Africa.
African National Congress president Jacob Zuma attends Heritage Day celebrations in honor of fromer Zulu King Shaka in Stanger, South Africa.   (AP Photo)
African National Congress president Jacob Zuma dances with party members during a party dinner in East London, South Africa.
African National Congress president Jacob Zuma dances with party members during a party dinner in East London, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/file)
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