Wedding ends in tears as fake cake shames bride

2010-01-02 00:00

ZANELE Zulu’s wedding on December 26 ended in tears after she discovered that the base of her five-deck, R4 000 fruit cake was, in fact, polystyrene coated with icing.

Zulu almost collapsed at her new home after the wedding when she and her husband discovered this while cutting the base.

According to her mother, Nomusa Makhathini of Mpolweni location near New Hanover, the cake cost R4 000.

She said she felt helpless when her daughter came home crying uncontrollably, saying that she had been humiliated.

“When my brother Vusi went to fetch the cake the baker said the base had fallen and that it was not standing firm enough,” said Makhathini.

The Makhathinis visited The Witness on Monday carrying the base, alleging that they had gone to the bakery for an explanation but were given the run-around.

“It’s one thing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for something, but it becomes another when the person to take responsibility gives you the run-around. We’ve been told that the man was not at the office, but our suspicions are that he was hiding,” alleged Makhathini.

The Witness went to the bakery on the same day, but the baker was said to be away.

During a telephone interview with the baker two days later, he explained that the base of the cake that the uncle had taken was of a dummy cake.

He said he had tried to explain to Zulu’s uncle that the cake was not standing firm enough and that taking it home with a weak base would cause more damage.

“I tried hard to explain to him what the problem was, but it was clear to me that he did not understand. I told him to ask his sister to phone me so that I could explain to her, but the lady never phoned.

“I deeply regret this, but when I replaced the base with the dummy I did that in good faith because I knew if I let him take the cake as it was, it would have crumbled on the way,” explained the baker.

To make up for the embarrassment, the baker gave the Makhathinis a R600 discount and the real base of the cake, saying that although it has cost him R600 and the base, he doesn’t mind as long as the customer is happy.

The Makhathinis confirmed receiving the money and real base.

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