Jacob Zuma's children

Jacob Zuma’s children. Images from Instagram@gugu_zuma_ncube@dudu_zuma_sambudla

uZuma Yi Star – Get to know Jacob Zuma’s 23 children [photos]

Get to know former President Jacob Zuma’s children, who have often made headlines for controversial government appointments to dodgy businesses.

Jacob Zuma's children

Jacob Zuma’s children. Images from Instagram@gugu_zuma_ncube@dudu_zuma_sambudla

Former President Jacob Zuma reportedly has 23 children with different wives.

However, he had five children with Kate Mantsho. In 2000 Kate tragically committed suicide. On the other hand, he has four children with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, but the two later divorced in 1998.

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Well, let’s dive into Jacob Zuma’s children and his wives.

Jacob Zuma's children
Jacob Zuma. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma (son) – Mother: Minah Shongwe

He was born in 1977. He is the oldest son of Jacob Zuma and the most controversial one. Edward has often made headlines for the wrong reasons. He was once nabbed for rape, but the charges were later withdrawn.

The law graduate once pulled a lavish wedding aired on Top Billing. Unconfirmed reports have it that he is a director of several companies and is directly involved in more than 30 companies.

Mxolisi Zuma (son) – Mother: Kate Mantsho

He is the oldest of five children born to Jacob Zuma and Kate. He grew up in Mozambique and Zimbabwe before settling in South Africa in 1993. Little is known about him since he keeps his private life under wraps, but the rumour mill has it that he has investment and broker companies.

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Msholozi Zuma (daughter) – Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Msholozi was born in 1982. She is the oldest of Zuma’s children with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She was born in exile and once had a Swaziland ID.


Duduzane Zuma (son) – Mother: Kate Mantsho

He is undoubtedly South Africa’s favourite and the most famous son of the former president. He was born in 1984.

Duduzane has often made headlines with his controversial business empire that has often been linked to the Guptas. Reports have it that he is also a director of at least ten companies.

Duduzile Zuma (daughter) – Mother: Kate Mantsho

She is a twin sister to Duduzane. Dudu has often made headlines with her lavish life. She once hosted a birthday party with a guest list of 600 people.

Dudu is a board member of several companies and founded African Star. African Star is a celebrated Communications, PR, and events company.

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Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube (daughter) – Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

She is a celebrated actress best known for her on-screen character on Isidingo. The bubbly actress was born in 1985.

She has several business interests, including production companies. Gugu co-owns Stained Glass Productions, which produces Uzalo.

Nokuthula Zuma (daughter) – Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

She was born in 1987. She holds a masters degree in Economics and a Masters in Public Policy Management. Thuli once worked at the Presidency Department of Monitoring and Evaluation. However, little is known if she is still there since she has managed to keep her private life under wraps.

Thuthukile Zuma (daughter) – Mother: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

She was born in 1989 and holds a degree in anthropology. She hogged headlines in 2012 when she was appointed public liaison officer at the Ministry of State Security.

In 2014 at 25, she was appointed chief staff in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

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Phumuzile Zuma (daughter) – Mother: Kate Mantsho

She was born in 1989 and has managed to keep her private life under wraps. She is a Scientologist and has often made few public appearances.

Nhlakanipho Vusi Zuma (son)

He was born in 1993 and died on 1 July 2018 after he suffered systemic lupus erythematous.


He has three children with Nompumelelo Ntuli. Jacob Zuma also has children with Gloria Bongekile Ngema and Thobeka Madiba.

He also has two children with Priscilla Nonkwaleko Mhlongo, a daughter with an unknown woman from Richard’s Bay, and a son with Sonono Khoza, daughter of the president’s friend Irvin Khoza.

He also has a son with reality star and influencer Nonkanyiso Chonco best known as LaConco.