Minister’s wife fumes over ‘copy’ of pricey wedding dress

2014-11-26 00:00

HOME Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s new wife is apparently spitting fire after ­seeing a ­version of her bespoke wedding dress on another bride.

Nomachule Gigaba said her I do’s to ­Malusi in Durban in ­August, walking down the aisle in a dress designed just for her — or so she thought.

Imagine then her surprise when an almost identical dress popped up on social media, this time worn by Ouma Mdhluli who married taxi tycoon Bafana Sindane at the weekend in Mpumalanga.

The two brides had more than just the distinctive diagonal flower embossed front in common. Both were designed by renowned designer David Tlale.

The Mdhuli wedding reportedly carried a price tag of ­R1,7 million for a two day affair, and the couple were dressed by Tlale.

But it was Mdhuli’s white off-the-shoulder dress that has tongues wagging.

Although The Witness understands that Tlale has since apologised for “betraying” Gigaba’s trust in an e-mail, the designer would not be drawn into a response on the matter. “You know what, I don’t want to entertain this,” was his curt reply.

Nomachule Gigaba also ­refused to comment.

Sources claim that Tlale ­“borrowed” the design from ­Gigaba’s wife.

At least three sources told The Witness there has been a nasty exchange of words between ­Tlale and Gigaba because she felt “betrayed”.

“The dress was supposed to have been custom-made for her, now someone else has been seen wearing an almost identical one.”

The suave minister married Nomachule Mngoma in front of 560 A-list guests at the Durban Botanical Gardens in August. Gigaba wore a beautiful white tube-dress made of French Chantilly lace designed by Tlale.

She apparently got wind of the other dress on Monday after being tagged in a wedding ­picture of the Sindane’s on ­Instagram.

“She went to Sandton to do her nails and people were stopping her and asking her about the dress,” said the source.

Gigaba then allegedly confronted Tlale about the design.

“He told her that it was the same concept but not the same design,” said the source.

What made it worse is that Gigaba originally bought a R30 000 wedding dress from Pronovias in Nelson Mandela Square in ­Johannesburg.

“She also had a dress designed by Gavin Rajah,” said the source.

“She bumped into Tlale ­during the Siyanqoba Rally at FNB Stadium and she told him about her dress. She asked him to ­design her bridesmaid’s dresses and he agreed.”

Tlale allegedly convinced Gigaba to let him design an exclusive dress for her special day.

The source said Gigaba is fuming because Tlale dragged her into “this mess”.

It is speculated that Gigaba spent almost R50 000 on the Tlale dress.

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