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Thursday, 2 April, 1998, 06:59 GMT 07:59 UK
Mandela wedding an April Fool's hoax

A presidential spokesperson in South Africa has denied reports that President Nelson Mandela has secretly married his companion, Graca Machel, the 52-year-old widow of the Mozambican president.

Yesterday, the couple sailed into Cape Town after three days spent together cruising on a British luxury liner QEII.

The spokesperson, Parks Mankahlana, said rumours of the 79-year-old Mr Mandela marrying Graca Machel on board the ship was an April Fool's story.

President Mandela divorced his wife, Winnie in 1996.

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