Sunday, June 5, 2011

Blankets, pots and bundles of cash - lots of it

Jun 5, 2011

New fiancée joins queue to wed Ngema - yes you read this right! joins the queue!!!

Blankets, pots and bundles of cash - lots of it - were just some of the gifts given playwright Mbongeni Ngema's fiancée, radio personality Nonhlanhla Buthelezi, at their traditional engagement ceremony in Dokodweni, northern KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday. 

More than 300 guests in designer outfits braved the scorching heat, arriving in luxury sedans to celebrate the couple's umkhehlo ceremony.

The ceremony is a rite of passage for a woman about to get married. 

According to custom, it is a sign to the community that the woman is now an adult and any prospective husband wanting to ask for her hand in marriage may approach. 

Guests were treated to a traditional menu consisting of samp, pap, freshly slaughtered meat, madumbi and sweet potatoes. 

The marquee was decked out in traditional decor. 

Guests included provincial welfare MEC Meshack Hadebe and Ukhozi FM sports presenter Ivan Hlophe. 

Buthelezi, 35, who had taken time off from her lunch-time show at Ukhozi FM to prepare for the ceremony, wore a traditional outfit which included genuine cow hide, a Zulu hat and a colourful beaded necklace and bracelets. 

Buthelezi, who performed a few traditional dances, was presented with a spear while relatives sang. She was accompanied at her parent's home by more than 100 young men carrying Zulu shields who sang and danced. 

Buthelezi is one of four women engaged to Ngema, creator of the award-winning musical Sarafina. 

He is due to marry Nompumelelo Gumede, Saleha Nxumalo and Cat Mpanza later this year. The dates of the ceremonies have yet to be announced. 

He was previously married to Pretoria State Theatre chief executive Xoliswa Ngema, actress Cebisile Mpungose, and former Generations actress Leleti Khumalo. 

Ngema, who has often attracted controversy with his plays and lifestyle, is divorced from all three. 

Buthelezi recently said she did not have a problem with being in a polygamous marriage because she respected culture and appreciated the way things were done in the past. 

"I believe that a man can have more than one wife and that is why I have no shame in entering into a polygamous marriage," she said.

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