Mototmouth Baba's Big Day

By Drum Digital
29 September 2010

RIPPLE of unease starts to spread through the guests. The ceremony was supposed to have started long ago but there’s still no sign of the bride and groom. Did they get cold feet? Maybe there was a problem with transport – or could the groom, who has been ill, still not be well enough to attend his own big day?

But two hours later, as the sweltering sun starts to set over the Free State mining town of Welkom, a convoy of cars finally makes its way to the Kingdom of Christian Church, followed by a silver BMW. The intimate crowd of 100 friends and family breathes a sigh of relief: at least the groom has arrived, even if the bride is still nowhere to be seen.Baba Mthethwa – the SABC sports commentator famous for his signature saying Ho thata banna! – looks sharp in a cream suit and black designer shoes. He and his entourage wait behind the church – and after what seems like an eternity, a slick white Lexus cruises up and the beautiful bride steps out to a chorus of cheers and ululating.

Motormouth Baba, known for his razorsharp wit, is speechless as he watches his makoti, Kgomotso Matsetela, glide down the aisle towards him. She’s stunning in a cream gown, a creation by British designer Alfred Angelo that cost a cool R24 500.

The wedding ceremony is being held outside the church in a small garden. Yellow flowers have been arranged around the aisle and cream petals are strewn across the red carpet, creating a perfect romantic setting.

The pastor reads a verse from the Bible and performs a short ceremony before ordering the rings to the front. The moment has arrived. Baba turns toward his lovely bride, nervously clutching his hands behind his back. She turns and looks at him, and proceeds to fix his tie with a smile.

“I call her sweetie”, Baba says with an evident lump in his throat, as he repeats the vows and slips a huge diamond ring on her finger. The ring was designed by Mange Jewellers and is made up of three layers of diamonds: the first was put on when the couple got engaged, the second when they had a ritual ceremony last year and the third tier was added just before their wedding.

Kgomotso smiles radiantly and then proceeds with her part of the deal. “As I put this ring on your finger, I want you to know that I love you”, she tells Baba. No sooner do they exchange vows than members of the small congregation excitedly call on them to “Kiss! Kiss!”, and the pair oblige with a mighty smooch.

WHAT makes the wedding all the more emotional for the couple is that, two weeks before the ceremony, Baba was rushed to hospital with a ruptured appendix and was discharged only three days before the big day. “I was supposed to drive to Pretoria but I had a pain in my stomach,” Baba tells us when we grab a moment with the newlyweds. “Just before Kgomotso went to work, she told me to go to the doctor. I just took some pills and stayed in bed.

Read the full article in drum of 10 October 2010

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