A group of women have come together to arrange a provincial baby shower for Makhosazana “MaShelembe” Shelembe, whose story has touched many South Africans this week.
This is after MaShelembe, from Nqutu, just outside Dundee in KZN, appeared in a recent episode of Mnakwethu, where she suffered public humiliation at the hands of her fiancé, Bheki Langa, and the woman he wants to take as a second wife, Hlengiwe “MaSithole” Sithole.
MaShelembe is seven months pregnant. On the show, Langa told MaShelembe that he had already paid lobola for MaSithole, and that she was four months pregnant. Viewers were shocked at MaSithole’s attitude and were further moved when MaShelembe became emotional and questioned how Langa could afford to take care of another family, when they were struggling financially.
MaShelembe’s plight touched the hearts of many, including that of former journalist and founder of One Family One Stockpile Ncumisa Ndelu, who reached out to MaShelembe to arrange a baby shower and spa day for her.
Speaking to Weekend Witness, Ndelu said plans are on track to throw MaShelembe a provincial baby shower at the Durban Botanic Gardens on September 26.
Ndelu said she was touched by MaShelembe’s plight because she is also a woman and found it hard to turn a blind eye. “On the show MaShelembe had said something along the lines of ‘uthando lwempoqo alukho’ [there is no forced loved].
“So by getting involved and trying to help her is a way for me, along with other women who also chose to help, to show her that we are choosing to love her and help her where necessary,” she said.
Ndelu said she was happy that many other women had also opted to get involved in helping with MaShelembe’s baby shower and lifting her spirit.
“There are many bad things that people say about women and how we always pull one another down. This is showing people that it is not always the case, we are capable of loving, caring and pulling each other up,” said Ndelu.
Attempts to contact MaShelembe were unsuccessful on Friday, but Ndelu said MaShelembe was excited about what is being done for her.
“At first she was very overwhelmed and just couldn’t believe all the attention she was getting, but now she’s excited about this,” said Ndelu.
Several other publications reported that MaShelembe had no intentions of leaving her fiancé.