Chief Mandla Mandela and radiantly pregnant wife Rabia Clarke arrive at the State of the Nation Address. Picture: Nadine Willis/IOL
Cape Town - Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, 42 and his fourth wife, Rabia Clarke, 24, have welcomed their first child together.

The couple released a statement stating that they are thrilled at their new bundle's arrival. 

"We are thrilled to announce the birth of our first baby in Cape Town today. The name will be revealed following a traditional naming ceremony in the next week or two.

"Both mother and child are in excellent health. The family is very grateful to the medical and nursing team who helped deliver this bundle of joy into the world.

"We cannot wait to introduce our child to the people of Mvezo Khomkhulu."

The baby's gender is still being kept a secret for now and had Tata Madiba been alive, he’d be a great-grandfather again. 

Mandla had initially posted two pictures on Instagram of two pregnancy tests . Both tests showed two pink lines, an indication of a positive pregnancy test.


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He captioned the pic: “Alhamdulillah”, which means praise God’ in Arabic.

Mandla and the Cape Town beauty married in a traditional Muslim nikah ceremony a year ago on Monday. He reportedly converted to Islam ahead of their nuptials.
Cape Argus