Posh cars, glamour and a hat

2010-10-04 00:00

THE glittering wedding of Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele lived up to the high expectations it had generated — it could have been mistaken for one of Hollywood producer Tyler Perry’s matrimonial movies.

Cele married his sweetheart, Thembeka Ngcobo (32), at an exclusive event at Pennington’s Lynton Hall at the weekend.

The usually quiet town of Pennington came to life as President Jacob Zuma descended in a South African Air Force helicopter, while the 300 guests drove up in posh cars that could have easily exceeded the R50 million mark.

Led by Zuma, national and provincial cabinet members included Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ina Cronjé.

Premier Soccer League bosses Mato Madlala and Irvin Khoza graced the function, while fashion guru Lindiwe Khuzwayo arrived with retired KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Vuka Tshabalala, as is the norm.

The couple exchanged vows amid tight security. Access was strictly controlled, and thanks to Cele’s close friend and confidante, Sbu Mpisane, news photographers were given a five-minute grace period to snap the couple and their guests.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Linda Mandindi of the Methodist Church in Clermont, while Ukhozi FM’s Linda Sibiya was the compere.

Most of the details were kept from the media who were lying in ambush in the vicinity of the venue, vying for whatever scraps they could get their hands on.

The bride wore a simple but stylish strapless gown designed by Malcolm Kluk that accentuated her graceful figure. She also wore a tilted and feathered short net veil.

The groom wore black trousers and a black tie, a white shirt with a matching white coat and, off course, a trademark hat, white with a black trim.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by Durban couturier Gideon.

Mpisane rocked up in the most expensive car by far — a R10 million Rolls Royce Ghost imported from the United Kingdom — while Khulubuse Zuma, the president’s nephew, came in his newly acquired gull-winged Mercedes Benz SLS 63 AMG. The two-seater roadster comes standard with 22-inch mags. Khulubuse is one of the few owners of this retro motoring masterpiece, which harks back to the James Bond movies of the 1960s.

There were so many Range Rovers, which are also imported from the UK and are synonymous with BEE personalities, it could have been an upmarket taxi rank.

Ngcobo showered Cele’s family members and her groom with gifts at Cele’s Umhlanga Rocks home, north of Durban, yesterday in a traditional Zulu ceremony known as umabo. Gifts are for pre-identified family members, dead and alive.

Cele is expected to exchange his police general’s uniform for a casual shirt for a while as he is said to be planning a honeymoon of the same standard as the wedding.

There is no prize for guessing that Cele’s honeymoon gear will come with a matching hat, a fashion item he has given life and visibility.

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