Dube's taking life seriously

2002-03-11 14:18

Johannesburg - Funnyman Desmond Dube was not joking this time when he tied the knot with his Lesotho-born sweetheart, Tlotliso Matsela. In a private ceremony with family and friends at Makiti Resort in Muldersdrift last Saturday, the couple escaped the media.

Dube and Matsela decided to take the plunge after a two-year engagement and a five-year relationship.

A tense-looking Dube paced up and down the chapel, hands thrust into the pockets of his black-and-fawn outfit, waiting for his bride, who was late by more than an hour.

The radiant and elegantly dressed bride walked down the aisle and was given away by her proud father, Lehlohonolo.

And that is when the comedian started smiling. Pastor Gibbon Mogatsu of the Anglican Church gave a short and sweet sermon. The couple later waltzed in the middle of the dance floor.

The well-organised wedding took the couple two years to organise because of their busy schedules. Dube, who is also an actor, travels a lot, while Matsela, who just graduated in industrial relations at Wits, wanted to finish her studies before becoming Mrs Dube.

The two met at Wits.

"When he first approached me I had thought he was a fellow student because he looked familiar. I greeted him but ignored his interest in me," said Matsela. Dube's persistence was rewarded when the 25-year-old Matsela later agreed to a date.

Matsela said Dube's friendliness, warm smile and down-to-earth attitude is a big turn on for her.

"I never gave up on her because as soon as I laid my eyes on her I knew she was a woman to be married and not a girlfriend to be dumped," said Dube.

He proposed to his bride at a dinner before her whole family.

"I was overwhelmed and also in a predicament because it was in front of my parents. I just did not know what to say, but because I always wanted to marry him I agreed there and then and, as they say, the rest is history," said Matsela.