Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela is the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela. He is currently a chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and graduated from Rhodes University with a degree in Politics in 2007. He tied the knot for the fourth time over the weekend in a Muslim ceremony in Cape Town. He confirmed the marriage on Twitter on Sunday evening. His new wife is Rabia Clarke of Cape Town.
He’d married his first wife, Tando Mabuna-Mandela in June of 2004 in a civil ceremony and after they separated, he took his second wife, Anaïs Grimaud, who is a French citizen from Reunion, who later changed her name to Nkosikazi Nobubele, they got married in March 2010. His first wife tried to annul the marriage but they stayed together and Nkosikazi gave birth in September 2011 to Qheya II Zanethemba Mandela, who was presented to his great grandfather Nelson Mandela at a naming ceremony in Qunu. He however broke it off with his second wife in August 2012 and rejected paternity of the child, alleging that he was a result of an affair with his brother.
He married his third wife a Swazi princess, Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini, on 24th December, 2011 and has since filed for a divorce. In the statement about his fourth marriage, he wrote; “I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on 6 February 2016…I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents, her extended family, and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts. Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common – we are South Africans”.
He had apparently converted to Islam about two months ago and a Muslim cleric in South Africa has called on Muslims to pray that Mr. Mandla is given “great understanding” of Islam now that he has converted to the religion, the local Radio Islam reports on its website. Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels is quoted as saying; “Sometimes it’s difficult for us to give the message of Islam in South Africa as people have different cultures. So it’s much more better for a person like the calibre and the status of Mandla to deliver the message of Islam”.
Mr. Mandela is yet to comment on the reports of his conversion to Islam.