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Msholozi Clan: Meet President Jacob Zuma's 22 Children

President Zuma once said in a TV interview: "There are plenty of politicians who have mistresses and children that they hide so as to ...

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."

Some of the Zuma clan are well known to the public and tabloids, others prefer to keep to themselves.

What follows is an unofficial list of the First Children, from oldest (38) to youngest (5). Not all names and dates are known to the public, and many of the younger ones are still minors.

Besides, could you blame them for not wanting to be in the spotlight?

Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma (son)
Mother: Minah Shongwe - born: 1977. Zuma’s oldest son and also perhaps the most controversial one, Edward started law studies at the University of Zululand.
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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.

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, where their family was in exile, he and his 4 siblings played in the streets, went to the local school and learned Portuguese.

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.

Msholozi Zuma (daughter)
Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - Born: 1982. 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.

Msholozi isn’t in the news much but this story raised a few chuckles: when she accompanied the president in 2013 to an IEC point at a primary school in Nkandla, she was told she wasn’t on the voter’s roll because she had a Swaziland ID document.

Her dad quickly explained that she was born in exile and after a few urgent phone calls, Msholozi was registered.

Duduzane (Zane) Zuma (son, twin)
Mother: Kate Mantsho - born: 1984. 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.

Duduzile (Dudu) Zuma (daughter, twin)
Mother: Kate Mantsho - born: 1984. 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.

Gugulethu (Gugu) Zuma (daughter)
Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - born: 1985. 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.

"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."

Nokuthula (Thuli) Nomaqhawe Zuma (daughter)
Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - born: 1987. 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. Thuli is also an actress, however, and starred in her sister’s sitcom It’s my life.

Thuthukile (Thuthu) Xolile Nomonde Zuma (daughter)
Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - born: 28 April 1989. 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.

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.

Nhlakanipho Vusi Zuma (son)
Mother: Kate Mantsho - born: 1993. The youngest of Kate’s children, Vusi is very quiet in the media. We could only find a Twitter account for him: @VusiZumaN. So who is the real Vusi?

We don't know whether the entire Twitter account is a hoax, but he simply describes himself with the word "Academia" in his Twitter bio and says he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. - Daily Sun 

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