Ngema’s fourth wedding

2011-06-04 00:00

UKHOZI FM DJ Nonhlanhla “Mroza” Buthelezi, who is engaged to musician and playwright Mbongeni Ngema, will be showered with cash and gifts when she undergoes the traditional umkhehlo ceremony at her home in Dokodweni near Eshowe today.

The ceremony — a rite of passage for women about to get married — is to prepare for her marriage to Ngema.

The date of the wedding is expected to be announced at the ceremony.

Ngema has been married before, to three women at the same time — Xoliswa Ngema, the chief executive of the Pretoria State Theatre, budding actress Cebisile Mpungose and former Generations actress Leleti Khumalo.

He has divorced all three of them.

Ngema also has three other fiancées besides Buthelezi.

He is set marry Nompumelelo Gumede, Saleha Nxumalo and Cat Mpanza separately on dates still to be announced.

Inyosi Ephraim Buthelezi, speaking on behalf of the Buthelezi family, said the ceremony is an important part of Zulu tradition.

“The ceremony is significant in her case as she is the oldest daughter of the family and therefore she has to undergo the ceremony as she prepares to leave our family and join her new family.”

The inyosi said they had slaughtered two animals in preparation for the ceremony.

“Normally for umkhehlo only one animal is slaughtered, but in anticipation of the guests that we might have, we have decided to slaughter two.”

During the ceremony Mroza, clad in traditional attire, will perform a traditional dance for the crowd.

She will be carrying a traditional sharp stick that she will stab on the ground in front of the various people at the ceremony and they will have to attach money to her head as a gift.

The representatives of the Ngema family, who are known as ikhetho (those who have chosen the wife), will also perform a traditional dance, “but they will not dance for too long as it will not be a platform for them to do that”, said inyosi Buthelezi.

The ceremony is expected to attract a number of celebrity guests, including Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, maskandi legends Thokozani Langa and Mfiliseni Magubane, kwaito artists L’Vovo, T’zozo, Professor and Sama nominee Sosha.

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