It’s the day everyone in the Zuma clan has been waiting for: President Jacob Zuma’s eldest son Edward Muziwoxolo Zuma is marrying his love Phumelele Shange and the family has left no stone unturned to make sure that their special day goes off without a glitch.
When Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On belts out of the huge speakers it is the guests’ cue to stand for the bride.
The 26-year-old Phumelele, who hails from the Durban township of Lamontville, looks scintillating in a François Vedemme creation as she glides down the aisle, arm-in-arm with her mother Girlie Shange.
She holds back the tears as she sees a smiling Muziwoxolo in his black tux at the altar, ready to take her in his arms.
The proceedings start with a prayer by Reverend Phumlani Dludla from the Lamontville Anglican Church where both Phumelele and Muzi, as he is affectionately known, worship. The theme of the service is Be Transformed.
And when the priest reads out a note that Phumelele gave him to read to her husband to-be, it is obvious this is not a union she entered into lightly and that she is indeed ready to become Mrs Zuma.