‘NO LOBOLA FOR white chicks’

Our Per­fect Wed­ding is one of the most out­ra­geous shows on TV. And last Sun­day’s in­ter­ra­cial mar­riage took the cake, writes Grethe Koen

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Our Per­fect Wed­ding Mzansi Magic Sun­day, 7pm

“So damn cheap to wed a white chick, no lobola, it’s the chick’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to buy rings & she rented her wed­ding dress #OurPer­fec­tWed­ding” – @fi­nally­bryt

Thus said the Twit­ter­sphere on Sun­day af­ter another edi­tion of the Mzansi Magic hit Our Per­fect Wed­ding. Like any good South African show, it en­ter­tains while re­veal­ing a great deal about our so­cial land­scape. One tweep, @neo­tran­quil­ity, de­scribes it as “The Wed­ding Show, with more faux pas”.

And there couldn’t have been a more spec­tac­u­lar so­cial blun­der than in this edi­tion, where we saw black Mole­bo­geng and white Yvette tie the knot.

Tweeps just couldn’t get over this in­ter­ra­cial wed­ding. And look, it’s ob­vi­ous the pro­duc­ers set up ques­tions for the cou­ple and their fam­i­lies to fo­cus squarely on their in­ter­ra­cial-ness.

Mole­bo­geng started by men­tion­ing that he never had any black friends in school and that his best friend is an Afrikaner. Yvette’s sis­ter seemed happy with her new black brother-in-law, pro­claim­ing that she had heard that “once you go black, you never go back”. Cringe.

The wed­ding plans com­menced with Yvette re­veal­ing that she couldn’t imag­ine spend­ing a huge amount of money on a dress she would only wear for one day and that she was hir­ing one. She came out with a beau­ti­ful laced num­ber from a bou­tique owned by Karen Wang. No re­la­tion to Vera Wang, I’m sure. Yvette also went to pick up the rings, although I’m not sure if she paid for both. Her wed­ding band was stud­ded with black di­a­monds be­cause, and I quote: “He is my black di­a­mond.” Dou­ble cringe. @Sentletse tweeted: “This white makoti calls the dude her ‘black di­a­mond’. The an­ces­tors won’t be too pleased with this.”

The ac­tual wed­ding seemed lovely and quite low-key. The dé­cor was all white and black, with a touch of red. Maybe a lit­tle bit too much or­ganza, (I think any amount of or­ganza is too much), but it all looked very stylish.

Yvette in­cluded some Swati tra­di­tional touches. Luck­ily, she did not come out wear­ing a doek. Mole­bo­geng’s mother told her she did not have to and that it would come off as dis­re­spect­ful. @Sentletse couldn’t help point out the de­mo­graph­ics: “This wed­ding looks like a board­room of cor­po­rate SA – 90% white.” @GuguNd­abezitha quipped: “Black peo­ple love at­ten­tion/would live in debt for ex­trav­a­gant wed­dings. Look how sim­ple and beau­ti­ful this is. #takenote”

De­spite ev­ery­thing, you could see the two were re­ally in love. Here’s to many happy years for Mole­bo­geng and Yvette. Catch Our Per­fect Wed­ding ev­ery Sun­day at 7pm, with re­peats on

Wed­nes­day at 7pm and Satur­day at 6pm


Mole­bo­geng and Yvette shortly be­fore they tied the knot

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