Farewell to a bad year

By admin
17 December 2010

A tree, presents, Santa hats, crackers, a clear blue sky, balmy sunshine . . . sounds like the perfect setting for a fabulous South African Christmas. And this family is enjoying every minute of it as they relax on a veranda overlooking a gorgeous garden.

Few would begrudge Generations actor Menzi Ngubane the opportunity to take it easy with his loved ones.

It has been quite a year for the star. Already reeling from a serious car accident that kept his wife, Lerato, in hospital for months, he found himself at the centre of a scandal when a woman claimed he was the father of her love child.

After the roller coaster of emotions he and Lerato and her little girl, Aisha (6), have been through they’re revelling in every moment of downtime at tranquil boutique hotel 93 On Jan Smuts in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.

They’re hoping this Christmas will live up to expectations: a time of fun, food and family – nothing like it was last year.

Lerato’s accident happened just before the festive season last year and Menzi spent most of the holiday – and the following months – at her bedside, frantic she wouldn’t make it.

Lerato had been on her way to see a cousin when she was involved in a collision with another car as she prepared to take an off-ramp. Her car hit the barrier and she was knocked unconscious.

She spent three weeks in a coma as a result of head injuries and suffered from severe headaches afterwards.

“When she eventually got out of hospital I had to make sure breakfast and lunch were prepared before I left for work

because she couldn’t do anything,” says Menzi, who plays tough guy Sibusiso Dlomo in SA’s most-watched soapie. “All day at work I’d be thinking of her and hoping she was okay.”

“Aw, baby, but it’s over now,” Lerato says softly and her husband squeezes her hand.

The 28-year-old marketer has made an almost complete recovery, except for a bad fracture which has left her with minimal use of her right hand. She will need further surgery to her knuckles to repair the damage. She wears attractive gloves to hide the scars – and even brings a stylish selection to slip on for our photoshoot.

Over the course of the day Menzi and Lerato open up about their difficult year. And for the first time he speaks about the results of the paternity test that created such turmoil in their lives.

Read about Menzi's shock when he saw his name on the front page of a newspaper in the issue of YOU, 23 December 2010.

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