The woman who is set to become the seventh wife of South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma has been forced to resign from her job at She Conquers, a non-governmental organisation, local media reports.
Nonkanyiso Conco’s “affiliation” with Mr Zuma – 52 years her senior – was contrary to the organisation’s campaign to “empower young women in every phase of their lives”, and to end reliance on sugar daddies, She Conquers’ leadership said in a statement quoted by Daily Maverick news site.
Ms Conco, 24, gave birth to Mr Zuma’s child last week, in what staff at a private hospital in the coastal city of Durban described as a “VIP delivery”.
Mr Zuma, 76, currently has four wives, including one from whom he is separated, and more than 20 children.
A fifth wife took her own life in 2000, and a sixth one – who was his preferred presidential successor – divorced him in 2008.
Ms Conco was was forced to resign as the national treasurer and communications officer of She Conquers, a campaign to tackle HIV among young women, gender-based violence and high rates of teen pregnancy.