According to reports by Dailyvox, Mandla Mandela recently got married to a Capetonian Muslim woman, Rabia Clarke, after converting to Islam two months ago.
Influential Islamic leader, Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels, who wedded the two said that Mandla embraced Islam two months ago. Mandla is currently the Xhosa traditional chief of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, while Rabia Clarke is from a Muslim household in a Southern suburb of Cape Town.
“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,” Mandla said.
Mandela has previously been married three times. In 2004, he married Tando Mabuna-Mandela, in 2010, he married then-20-year-old Anaïs Grimaud (who later changed her name to Nkosikazi Nobubele).
This marriage was later annulled after his first wife took him to court for being a bigamist – and there was also a paternity scandal after the son she gave birth to in 2011 was shown to have been fathered by someone else.
In December 2011, he married Swazi princess Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini, but that marriage was also annulled in 2014.