The traditional leader of the Royal House of Mandela (and grandson of the former president of South Africa) Mandla Mandela took to social media on Monday to hint at a new addition to the clan.
He captioned the image 'ALHAMDULILLAH' which is an Arabic phrase traditionally used by Muslim people. It roughly translates to "praise be to God" or "thank God."
Nkosi Zwelivelile then confirmed in another post that he and Nkosikazi Nosekeni Rabia Mandela (their traditional Mvezo titles) are expecting their first child on the eve of thier first anniversary.
We @rabiaclarke are exited beyond words today to be celebrating not only our first wedding anniversary but also the fact that we are expecting our first bundle of joy (in transit 😂😂😂😂😍😍😍😍). Mvezo Komkhulu will once again experience the pitter patter of a young Mandela's feet. It's been an amazing year. We are truly blessed, and very grateful for all the well wishes received.
The couple were wed exactly a year ago in a traditional Muslim ceremony in Cape Town.
This is the chief's fourth marriage.
Although he is still legally married to his first wife‚ Tando Mabunu-Mandela‚ they are currently estranged and engaged in a bitter court battle.
A court battle which, according to Drum, brought the chief's fertility into question in 2012.
His estranged wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, stated in legal documents filed at the Mthatha High Court that Mandla was infertile.
“In this respect, I assert that the first respondent [Mandla] has in any event fertility issues which render him incapable of producing an heir through natural conception,” Tando claimed in said documents.
In the same year, he also denied fathering his second wife, Nkosikazi Nobubele's son, claiming she had an affair with one of his brothers. Yikes!According to Sunday World, Mandela’s second and third marriages (to Anais Grimaud - who changed her name to Nkosikazi Nobubele - and Nodiyala Mandela) were annulled.
This hopefully signifies a new chapter for the chief and wish nothing but the best for he and Nkosikazi Nosekeni Rabia Mandela. We can't wait to meet your new bundle of joy.
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