Rhoo’s bride wel­comed

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Foot­ball leg­end Lu­cas Radebe’s new bride was wel­comed by his fam­ily in Diep­kloof, Soweto, yes­ter­day.

Radebe and Tho­bela Sil­ver held umem­beso, which is, in essence, a meet­ing of the fam­i­lies and an ex­change of gifts.

In this in­stance, the fam­ily of the bride was meet­ing the groom’s to present them with gifts and dress their fam­ily mem­bers. Sil­ver is a busi­ness­woman. Among other peo­ple who came to sup­port the cou­ple were busi­ness­woman Nkhen­sani Man­ganyi and her hus­band, Zam Nkosi, and busi­ness­woman Brid­get Masinga.

Sil­ver, who was dressed in red Xhosa tra­di­tional gear, ar­rived in style in a Porsche. She was ac­com­pa­nied by fam­ily mem­bers car­ry­ing gifts such as blan­kets, spears, icansi and shields.

They sang tra­di­tional wed­ding songs, in­clud­ing Mosadi o Mopila so and Sivulele Sin­gene, be­fore they were wel­comed into the Radebe home.

After they were wel­comed, Radebe’s sib­lings and fam­ily were show­ered with gifts as the Sil­ver en­tourage sang and ul­u­lated.

Mem­bers of the Radebe fam­ily were called up in­di­vid­u­ally to be wrapped in blan­kets while the singing con­tin­ued.

Radebe’s fa­ther, Sello, was given a navy blue jacket, as well as a scarf and a hat.

And his mum, Jer­mi­nah, was given a blan­ket as well as a doek, which was wrapped on her head dur­ing the cer­e­mony. Jer­mi­nah wel­comed the bride. “We are so happy to have the new makoti in our fam­ily af­ter such a long time of not hav­ing one. We are look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know her more as she is hum­ble, and a beau­ti­ful per­son in­side and out,” she said.

Radebe’s dad added that he was also ex­cited for his son, and was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a new makoti in the house.

A few weeks ago in an in­ter­view with City Press, Lu­cas Radebe said: “What I can say is that I’m happy where I am right now and I’m en­joy­ing life.

“Ob­vi­ously, at some point, I’ll have to take an­other step with my fam­ily. Life has been chal­leng­ing and hard, but I don’t think life is meant to be like that.”

The happy cou­ple walked hand in hand, smil­ing at each other. After the in­ti­mate cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds sped off in a metal­lic sil­ver Lam­borgh­ini to con­tinue their cel­e­bra­tions at a pri­vate venue, not far from Radebe’s home.

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