Relationship with ex-SA president Zuma leaves 24-year-old woman jobless

FORMER SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA (L) AND HIS FIANCEE NONKANYISO CONCO [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The fiancée of ex-South Africa president Jacob Zuma has resigned from her position at a non-profit organisation after information about her relationship with the 76-year-old former Head of State surfaced.

Twenty four year-old Nonkanyiso Conco was, until her resignation, the National Executive Committee Treasurer and Communications Officer at ‘She Conquers’; an organization which tackles issues facing women in South Africa.

‘She Conquers’ National Executive Committee Deputy Chairperson, Leonora Mathe, confirmed to Sowetan Live that Ms Conco had handed in her resignation on Sunday, April 22.

Ms Mathe said Ms Conco’s relationship with Zuma was against the organisation’s objectives, which aim to stop, among others, cross-generational dating.

“As young girls, we are lured and used by people with power who use their position to take advantage of us. As a campaign, we promote economic empowerment and self-dependency of young women to eliminate the concept of reliance of ‘blessers’,” said Ms Mathe.

Ms Conco was accused of failing to disclose her relationship with Zuma and “was not transparent about their affiliation”. She’d been presented with two options – to either resign or face the sack.

Ms Mathe confirmed that Ms Conco’s resignation was accepted Monday.

‘She Conquers’ was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2016 to tackle issues facing women in South Africa, including rising rate of HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women; teenage pregnancy; and gender-based violence.

Ms Conco gave birth to a son on Mr Zuma’s 76th birthday on April 12.

According to the Sunday Times, Ms Conco has been linked to Mr Zuma since she was 19.

Ms Conco would be Mr Zuma’s youngest bride‚ at 52 years his junior.

Mr Zuma‚ who has always been a proponent of polygamy‚ is currently married to Gertrude Khumalo‚ Thobeka Madiba-Zuma and Bongi Ngema-Zuma. He is divorced from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and separated from Nompumelelo Zuma.

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