Social media users could not stop gushing over Makhosi “MaShelembe” Shelembe’s provincial baby shower which was held in Durban on Sunday.
The baby shower which was held at the eThekwini Community Church, in the Durban CBD, was broadcasted live on social media.
The event melted many hearts as people across the country followed the activities of the day.
The idea for the baby shower came after MaShelembe appeared in a recent episode of Mnakwethu when her fiancé, Bheki Langa told her during her national television that he had paid lobola for Hlengiwe “MaSithole” Sithole, who he intended on taking as a second wife.
MaShelembe’s pain touched women such as social justice activist, Ncumisa Ndelu, who mobilised sponsors that made the baby shower a reality.
Speaking on behalf of the Shelembe family, Bheki Shelembe said they were grateful for the women who rallied together to wipe their daughter’s tears.
He said as the family they were still discussing what happened on television show and they were trying to find a way forward.
“We are very happy for our daughter considering what she has went through. I have been asked by the elders of the family and Makhosi to express our gratitude to the people who’ve shown her support.
“She was so beautiful on her big day you can’t even see that she has been through so much,” he said.
In addition to the sponsors of the provincial baby shower, Shelembe also thanked members of the social media group called Ladies House.
He said the group has showed them as the family that women were a force to be reckoned with. He added that what they did for Mashelembe proved to the world that “when women are together and united, they are untouchable”.
Meanwhile, the first wife of Mnakwethu’s Musa Mseleku, MaCele Mseleku said she felt MaShelembe’s pain because before she was called MaMkhulu (first wife), she was labelled as a failure because her husband wanted to take another wife.
“Married men must stand with their wives, respect them and love them. After getting married, most men forget that they loved their wife because they now want someone else,” she said,
MaCele added that what MaShelembe went through was not by mistake but was God preparing her bigger things and blessings to come.
Organiser of the provincial baby shower, Ndelu, said the aim of the event was for women to help another woman who was going through a difficult time. She said as women when they see the other drowning, they help her without asking how she ended up there.
“No one was doing this for attention. This was a way for us to tell Makhosi that we see her, we hear her, we feel her pain as women and we will try to help her in healing,” she said.