Motlanthe finally ties the knot

2014-03-25 00:00

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and his long time partner Gugu Mtshali finally tied the knot in a colourful traditional ceremony in Pietermaritzburg this past weekend.

The pair were married at Mtshali’s home in Imbali township in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Leaked pictures of the happy couple singing and dancing followed by crowds made it to The Witness yesterday, following the ceremony that seemed to have escaped the glare of the media.

A jovial sounding Mtshali told The Witness that as per tradition, she cannot speak about the matter. “But I can confirm that there was a traditional ceremony. It was just about bringing together the two families — my family and that of Baba Kgalema.”

Asked about how she was feeling after the ceremony following the long-term courtship, Mtshali — who said she was still in Pietermaritzburg yesterday — said, “As you can hear, I am laughing, but that is all I am saying. No comment, my brother.”

Asked what future family plans were in the pipeline, she was also coy, saying that was all in the future and people should just keep watch.

Last year, Motlanthe and Mtshali appeared to be heading for the altar.

While attending the funeral of Mtshali’s father — a well-known Imbali resident, Solomon Gayi Mkhize (77) who was fondly known by locals as “Khehla” — Motlanthe was asked by The Witness if marriage was on the cards. He replied, “It is heading that way”.

A guest at the event who declined to be named said she was honoured to have been part of the ceremony. “On Saturday under the beautiful clear skies on the hills of Imbali a special event was taking place ... Hundreds of guests came to partake in this traditional wedding of Gugu and Kgalema”.

She said, “The traditionally attired groom was symbolically washed by the bride. A bed was also prepared for the groom to lie on. Kgalema reassured the family that he will take good care of Gugu. I was honoured to be a guest at such auspicious occasion”, she said.

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