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Wedding Brings Xhosa, Zulu Tribes Together

December 09, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

South Africa's powerful Xhosa and Zulu nations sealed an important union as Nelson Mandela's great-grandnephew and King Goodwill Zwelithini's daughter wed.

The marriage ceremony of Tembu Chief Nfundo Bovulengwe Mtirara and Princess Nandi Zulu completed its fourth and final day, as guests and neighbors presented gifts from cattle to DVD players.

Mandela, 84, donned the traditional garb of his Tembu people, part of the Xhosa nation, for the first time in 40 years, appearing as a guest of honor in a calico tunic and wrap, a bead necklace and headband.

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