Mandoza's wife in health scare

By Drum Digital
15 September 2010

IT WAS the baby he couldn’t wait to welcome into the world - a beautiful little girl after three boys; a new baby to help banish the lingering heartache after his high-profile fall from grace.

But the birth of Mandoza’s daughter was not the joyous occasion he’d hoped for. Although the little girl is healthy, complications in her delivery were followed by a potentially life-threatening condition for the kwaito star’s wife, Mpho.

And while the 29-year-old mom is mercifully on the road to recovery Mandoza has been beside himself with worry about Mpho, who suffered a stroke. Speaking for the first time since his wife’s health crisis and the birth of his little girl, Mandoza tells us Mpho is doing much better now.

“She’s back at home now, caring for our little one,” he says. “She’s breastfeeding the baby and doing some cooking when she feels up to it. The only thing wrong is her slurred speech and she’s having difficulty pronouncing some words. She’s will go for speech therapy and hopefully she’ll soon be back to normal.”

Reports that she is bedridden are not true, he says. Mpho may not be herself yet, but she’s getting stronger all the time. And he wants to put the record straight, he adds. Allegations that he neglected his wife; that he was responsible for her stroke and that he has not been caring for her since she became ill are “nothing but malicious, hurtful rumours”.

“It’s all rubbish,” he says angrily. “I don’t mind what people say about me and my career but they should leave my family out of it. This has been a special but vulnerable time for us and we need our privacy. People should respect that.”

Mandoza (real name Mduduzi Tshabalala) has been caring for his sons Thapelo (7) and Tumelo (6) while his wife recovers. His eldest son, 10-year-old Tokollo, is from a previous relationship and lives with his mother.

“I have been bathing the boys, giving them their breakfast and getting them ready for school,” he says.

“When Mpho was still in hospital I’d go straight there to see her. After school I do homework with the boys and put them to bed. But I’ve been lucky in that we have a great family support system. Both my mom and Mpho’s mom have been helping me. I’ve stood by Mpho, just like she stood by me. This is my family and my responsibility, and I’ll do all I can for them.”

Read the full article in the Drum of 23 September 2010

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