Cele’s nuts about the Ngcobos

2009-09-01 08:04

WHAT began as an innocent ­attempt by City Press to tell the

country who the woman in the life of their police chief is has resulted in a

string of lovers being ­uncovered?– all with the surname Ncgobo.

When Cele was spotted at the ­exclusive Jimmy Choo boutique in Cape

Town earlier this month, he was forking out more than R40?000 on his new lover?–

Thembeka ­Ngcobo.

But sources close to Cele said he is ­also “into” other

Ngcobos.

His official fiancée is Thembeka Ngcobo. Cele was also seeing Zama

Ngcobo, a former SABC continuity presenter, whom he apparently dumped her a

couple of weeks ago.

Cele is separated from his wife?– another Ngcobo, Thanda.

Then City Press tracked down Bongiwe Ngcobo, who shares her

palatial home on an exclusive golf estate in Midrand, north of Johannesburg,

with her sister.

The mansion was one of the benefits of her romance with Cele, who

bought her the house last year to seal years of love, she said.

But their relationship seems to have come crashing down.

Ncgobo said since Cele was appointed to the top job and moved to

Pretoria he had been avoiding her like a leper and did not take her calls. And

she was “hurting”.

Ngcobo said she was spending sleepless nights fearing that Ndosi,

as he is known on Durban’s party scene, will tell her to move out.

A budding model, she has not fully recovered from a car crash in a

top-of-the-range Mercedes Benz that Cele bought. Ngcobo crashed into the barrier

on Queen Nandi Drive Bridge in Durban just before mid-night on Christmas Day

last year.

“What makes me angry is that he doesn’t want people to know that

I’m a good woman,” she said tearfully.

“All he tells them is that I’m an alcoholic, but I’m not.”

She added that she was recovering well, but one of her legs had not

healed and as a result she could not wear high heels.

Ngcobo told how Ndosi used to spoil her on overseas holidays in

Germany and Italy, where they bought countless clothes that could no longer fit

in her wardrobe.

But since the accident her life had become lonely and Cele had not

­spoken to her in many months.

“I don’t even remember when last he spoke to me. The worst thing is

that we are living in the same city, but we can’t talk to each other.”

Attempts to get comment from Cele proved futile. He did not return

messages left on his mobile phone and his spokesperson, Nonkululeko Mbatha, said

this was a private and personal matter, and refused to comment. A heartbroken

Ngcobo said: “I’m just sitting here miserable and stressed, but I will be fine.

This is the second time that we have broken up. The first time was in 2007.

Within three months he came back, buying me everything I needed, and I said to

myself ‘welcome back’. Idiot.”

The two met in 2004 through Cele’s former bodyguard, Thulani

Shabalala.

Shabalala, who is a friend of ­Ngcobo’s mother, Faith, introduced

her to Cele. He invited her to accompany him on Cell-C’s Take A Girl Child To

Work programme – and the rest is history.

Ngcobo said everything was “so good”. Shabalala invited her parents

to dinner, where they were ­informed that Cele had fallen in love with their

daughter.

“My mother (a police chief) said ‘You are naughty. You have passed

up all the men of your age and ­decided to date my employer’. But she was not

bitter about it,” said ­Ngcobo.

“I don’t know what has happened to him. I am not going to follow

him. I know I am worth a lot. If he was abusing me, it’s fine. I also abused

him,” she said.

She said Cele helped her to obtain her driver’s licence and

passport and paid for her fees at three private tertiary institutions?– Varsity

College, Boston and Icesa?– where she studied for a marketing diploma.

Ngcobo had advice for other young women who might find themselves

being preyed on by wealthy elderly men: “Instead of going ­shopping and shopping

and shopping, open a bank account where you can save the money, and when it’s

over you know you have something to show for it.”


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