Bheki Cele's wedding bash

By Drum Digital
08 October 2010

NOBODY knows for sure how much the lavish do cost but one thing is for sure: no expense was spared when South Africa’s top cop married his young bride. Weeks before the big day General Bheki Cele’s spokesperson, Nonkululeko Mbatha, said it could quite possibly be the wedding of the year and – at least in terms of opulence – she may well be right.

Specially erected nomad tents, a lavish spread provided by award-winning chef Andrew Draper, French champagne, the finest whisky, top DJs on the decks, personally inscribed chandeliers and even a gravel road specially graded so guests could reach the celebrations in relative comfort...

All in all, the wedding of Bheki Cele to his beautiful fiancée Thembeka Ngcobo was something the sleepy coastal town of Pennington on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast had never seen before.

Convoys of gleaming cars made their way to the plush Lynton Hall estate in the town, watched by fascinated townspeople who were out in force to observe the spectacle. Among the 350 guests were the who’s who of Mzansi, including President Jacob Zuma, justice minister Jeff Radebe, police minister Nathi Mthethwa, soccer mogul Irvin Khoza, former SABC boss Dali Mpufo, KZN premiere Zweli Mkhize and Durban IT billionaire Robert Gumede.

Not surprisingly security was tight, with the media initially barred from attending and police officers and presidential guards everywhere you looked. But a close friend of Cele’s, businessman Sbu Mpisane, arranged for five media photographers to have a quick photo shoot at the end of the ceremony.

eThekwini deputy Logie Naidoo, famous for being famous, sported a flashy Paul Smith gold suit and matching white hat and proclaimed the wedding “a flamboyant and flashy affair”. “The bride looked so radiant and happy, prompting my wife and I to renew our vows,” he said. The 33-year-old bride did indeed look lovely in a stunning Kluk CGDT dress while the 53-year-old police commissioner said “I do” in his trademark Panama hat and tailored suit.

Read the full article in DRUM of 14 October 2010

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