16 December 2017
   
Oppah new Zanu PF chair; but no VPs yet
Tsvangirai sought ED talks: Mugabe priest
G40’s Sekeramayi axed from politburo
Man strips for sex with donkey; nabbed
Sperm harvesters hit SA; man raped
Mnangagwa vows new path for Zanu PF
Congress seals Bob’s fall from grace
Vote rigging fear at Zuma succession
MORE NEWS
Indigenisation: IMF welcomes changes
Vic Falls Bridge toll fees introduced
MORE BUSINESS
Divisive South African film eyes Oscars
Zimbabwe totes obsessed with Zodwa
MORE SHOWBIZ
Jose Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma
FIFA threatens Spain with W-Cup ban
MORE SPORTS
Change must follow Mugabe’s fall
Coup: why the China role theory is hollow
MORE OPINION
 
Chivayo and the groupie effect
Nelson Chamisa on Washington trip
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
SA man weds four women at same time


Foursome ... Bridegroom Milton Mbhele, with his four brides, left to right, Happiness, Thobile,
Simangele, and Zanele at their western wedding in Weenen, near Ladysmith, on Saturday

27/09/2009 00:00:00
by
 
Traditional ... Milton Mbhele and his brides in traditional wear
 
RELATED STORIES

MILTON Mbhele showed up for his wedding in a white limousine — with four brides.

The women in white gowns each received rings and a kiss from the groom at a ceremony Saturday attended by hundreds of people. On Sunday, the families gathered for a second traditional Zulu wedding and planned to exchange gifts on Monday.

South African law recognizes traditional polygamous marriages — even President Jacob Zuma has three wives. Yet while polygamy remains common among several tribes including the Zulus and Swazis, simultaneous weddings are rare.

Mbhele, 44, a municipal manager in nearby Indaka, said the joint celebration saved money by combining the festivities.
Mbhele has already been married to Thobile Vilakazi for 12 years and has 11 children, but did not specify who their mothers are.

"I want her to be happy," he said of Vilakazi, who was also given a golden wristwatch at Saturday's ceremony. "I think getting married to her for the second time would make her happy since I will be taking in three other wives so this will relieve her in some way."

His "middle wives" — as he described them — are Zanele Langa and Happiness Mdlolo, both 24.

The youngest wife, 23-year-old Smangele Cele, said she was looking forward to marrying Mbhele, even though it means she'll have to share him. She said the wives planned to live separately, with their husband rotating between them.

"It is because of the way in which he shows his love for me. He loves me in all ways," she said, adding: "We will not be living in the same house and we take each other as friends." - AP



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker