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Christmas shopping stop for Jacob Zuma in Swedish grocery store

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 Feb 2010, 09:56

Published: 05 Feb 2010 09:56 GMT+01:00

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"He wanted to have them in his church. But we did not have that many, so I had to call around to other stores in the vicinity. They had 15 at the Ica store in Svedala," Kerstin Lundström at Malmö airport told local newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Zuma, who succeeded Kgalema Motlanthe as South African president after the 2009 general election, was staying at the Malmö Airport Hotel in conjunction with his return from the Copenhagen climate conference held in December.

While in Scandinavia he took a liking to the advent candlesticks that typically adorn the window sills of every Swedish home over the Christmas period.

The newspaper reports that despite his lofty status as a foreign dignitary, Jacob Zuma was obliged to pay the same price as everyone else for his Swedish souvenir.

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Zuma has courted controversy of late after it emerged that he had fathered his 20th child by Sonono Khoza - a 39-year-old woman who is not one of his three wives.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:26 February 5, 2010 by Lukestar1991
So the Crook should pay the same as everyone else.
11:37 February 5, 2010 by livinginsweden
Thanks for informing us about this important event .... now every one of his wives get to have one by the window.....

ha ha ha ha ha
13:09 February 5, 2010 by Audrian
It is a good adverstment for the candsticks. Next season the producer should be ready to supply South Africa with 15 million of them.
13:14 February 5, 2010 by Sunshine09
This is news? Gimme a break! FInd something real to report about.
13:32 February 5, 2010 by wabasha
5 per wife? seems fair
14:20 February 5, 2010 by Cenko2
He bought 15 candlesticks in december '09? That's it? Apart from some PR material for Malmö Airport Hotel and ICA , why should anyone be interested in reading this article?

why are you publishing this on your home page?
14:55 February 5, 2010 by Mzungu
Likely humming the tune of,"Lethu Mshini Wami, "(bring me my machine gun) whilst shopping.

*typical TL news*
15:41 February 5, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
Will probably be claimed as travel expenses and paid for from the health budget.
17:03 February 5, 2010 by witsltd
not so important news, but i find it quite interesting.

20 years from now, if windows in South Africa will be decorated just like Swedish ones...will we remember how and why it started:=)
18:31 February 5, 2010 by Brugge
The same Zuma who raped an hiv + girl and showered to "prevent the AIDS"? How glamorous. Next up is Kim Jong Il's lust of meatballs.
03:28 February 6, 2010 by Davey-jo
That'll be one for every wife
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