PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's communications adviser Zizi Kodwa's nuptials had all the trappings of a fairy tale wedding: celebrities, powerful politicians and a giant white marquee set up in Durban's picturesque Botanical Gardens.
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A carpet of peach and cream rose petals created an aisle to a gazebo on the banks of the lake where Kodwa, 42, and Zama Ngubane, 26, exchanged vows in front of more than 500 guests.
They included President Jacob Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, Eastern Cape Social Development MEC Pemmy Majodina and ANC funder Roy Moodley.
There were interested glances when suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele and his wife, Thembeka, arrived.
There was an army of police officers, and the presidential protection unit carried out security checks throughout the morning.
The media, seated in designated areas, were given just 10 minutes to take pictures of the couple and decor.
Other VIP guests included Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete, suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, and a host of cabinet ministers, including Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale. Socialites Kenny Kunene and Khanyi Mbau were also on the list.
Kodwa arrived in a white Porsche Panamera shortly after Zuma's black chauffeur-driven 7-series BMW, which was accompanied by armed members of the presidential protection unit.
Ngubane arrived in a white Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The former model wore a white and silver gown by award-winning designer Ephraim Molingoana.
Her six bridesmaids wore pink cocktail dresses.
The groom's entourage and best man wore grey suits with pink pocket handkerchiefs. All the outfits were designed by Molingoana.
The service was conducted by ANC chaplain the Rev Vukile Mahana and guests were entertained with traditional Xhosa songs.
When the couple exchanged wedding bands, Kodwa gave his bride a tanzanite and platinum ring.
In the marquee, the tables were covered with peach rose petals and sported centrepieces that included miniature crystal chandeliers.
Siyanda Mwandla, one of the wedding coordinators, described the ceremony as "simple yet elegant".
The menu featured a variety of traditional dishes. Caterer Gary Clayton said Kodwa had wanted a simple but "scrumptious" menu.
"The menu included a lot of Zizi's favourite dishes ... including roast beef served with gravy, samp and beans with tripe, and traditional Durban mutton curry," he said.
The menu also featured lasagne, roast chicken served with paprika, potato salad, Mediterranean vegetables, and a simple Greek salad.
The dessert included a variety of fruit salad dishes.
Kodwa and Ngubane had kept details of their wedding secret beforehand as, they said, it was a private affair.