Newsmaker – Big Brother millionaire’s dilemma

2014-04-13 15:00

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Mandla Hlatshwayo’s dilemma is not how he will spend his R1?million after winning Big Brother Mzansi – it’s which girl he’ll choose.

While on the show, Hlatshwayo had sex with fellow housemate, Capetonian Lexi van Niekerk.

But his girlfriend, Sthandwa Kobile, is waiting for him at home.

Speaking from the Hilton in Sandton, where he has been shacking up, Hlatshwayo said he had not made up his mind about the future.

“There is a part of me that refuses to succumb to choosing. I am willing to settle with being friends with both of them until I decide. I feel there are struggles they are going through and my presence in their lives would have a positive impact.

“But I can’t choose one of them simply to have an intimate relationship, that would be selfish.”

Since his victory last Sunday, he hasn’t spoken to either woman because he’s been too busy giving interviews.

“Until I speak to both of them, because they both want to know where I stand, I don’t have much to say.”

He describes his relationship with Kobile as “shaky”.

Hlatshwayo (24) steamed up Mzansi Magic’s screens last month when he and Van Niekerk got hot and heavy in the shower.

They were roundly criticised for not using condoms.

“I will not put any ‘buts’ and qualify what we did. We should have known better, we had femidoms and condoms, but we got carried away.

“We were irresponsible in how we did it, considering the prevalence of HIV/Aids in South Africa. It was not planned. We showered together 100 times before, but that night we got taken. It was the heat of the moment. We had sex before and we were cautious enough to play safe.

We may be liberal, but we are also conscious of our health, that’s why we got tested even before we came on the show. She was on contraceptives but I don’t think it meant we didn’t have to take extra measures for protection and rock solid safely.”

His shower scene got people talking for another reason: the size of his manhood.

“I believe that I was given enough for me. I am a size 10 [shoes]. My feet would look strange on a shorter man. Whatever I have is in proportion to my body.”

He had a plan when he went into the house, but abandoned it in favour of being “just Mandla, the kasi guy who auditioned and got accepted”.

“The strategy would have been out of character.”

Becoming a millionaire is a big jump for the young man from Sebokeng.

After matriculating in 2006, he couldn’t afford to study further so he got a job as a security guard in Lenasia, after which he worked for Diskom as a merchandiser.

He sold fruit and vegetables in his home town, then moved into a spaza shop in his mother’s yard selling bread, milk and tinned goods.

“It’s a huge transition from living off R5?000 a month running my spaza to potentially hundreds of thousands. I have discussed it with financial guys from Endemol and Mzansi Magic, and we have concluded that I will invest the bulk of the money and live off its interest.”

The aspirant rapper now dreams of launching a career in hip hop.

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