The fairytale love story between Jacob Zuma and Nonkanyiso Conco, who fathered his child in 2018, is over.
According to reports over the weekend, they have now separated, with Conco moving out of the house Zuma had rented for her near Ballito, Durban.
If that much-talked-about reality show, Keeping Up with the Zumas, ever sees the light of day, it could make for interesting viewing, although it’s also reported that the show will now focus on Conco herself, rather than her relationship with the former president.
One man who is relieved is Conco’s father, the wonderfully named Fartescue, with City Press reporting that he never approved of the relationship:
Fartescue said he heard that his daughter was no longer together with Zuma and was made aware that she was now staying with her mother in the Eastern Cape.
“She blocked me on all her contacts, but I know that she does not stay in Ballito any more. I wish she would come back home if Zuma is no longer able to maintain her,” the father said.
Perhaps Zuma is cost-cutting ahead of his corruption trial later this year, if that ever ends up happening.
Much like any modern-day breakup, Instagram offers us clues, and Conco’s personal account has now removed photos of her with Zuma.
Her latest posts appear to show her in a happy, and perhaps reflective, state, as well as taking part in #BlackoutTuesday:
Sources say that Conco was told “that she must not reveal the separation, to avoid media attention”:
This week, City Press sister paper Sunday Sun visited Hilltop Private Estate and spoke to guards, who confirmed that Conco had vacated the premises at the end of last year.
They said Zuma, who is 53 years her senior, used to visit her at the residence but he stopped visiting and she later moved out in December.
The Zuma family spokesperson, Ray Zuma, declined to comment, as did Conco’s mother, Nombuso Thusi.
I have nothing nice to say about either Zuma or Conco, so let’s move along.
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