Zakes, sec­ond time lucky

Hit­maker and girl­friend are mum about preg­nancy, but en­gage­ment ring speaks vol­umes

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It’s of­fi­cial! Singer Nandi Mn­goma was ac­cepted as umakoti to the Ma­dida fam­ily two weeks ago. Mn­goma has been dat­ing mu­si­cian and pro­ducer Zakhele “Zakes Bantwini” Ma­dida for more than three years. This week, two peo­ple close to the cou­ple told City Press that im­me­di­ately af­ter Ma­dida found out he was go­ing to be a fa­ther again, he quickly sent his fam­ily el­ders to pay lobola for the beau­ti­ful Mn­goma.

“Every­thing hap­pened so quickly. He paid lobola and they im­me­di­ately went to the depart­ment of home af­fairs to be de­clared hus­band and wife. In the same week, they had an in­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tion with fam­ily and close friends in Dur­ban,” said a per­son close to Ma­dida.

One of their close friends added: “Nandi comes from a very strict fam­ily, and in Zulu cul­ture she is not al­lowed to get preg­nant out of wed­lock. It’s an em­bar­rass­ment to both fam­ily and the com­mu­nity, and that’s why Zakes has to just do it.”

But it hasn’t been easy for the cou­ple, as Mn­goma’s fam­ily has re­jected Ma­dida’s lobola be­fore.

In 2014, Daily Sun re­ported that Ma­dida sent his el­ders to pay lobola, but he was re­jected be­cause the fam­ily was not ready to give away their daugh­ter as they be­lieved she was “too young” for mar­riage. How­ever, it seems that this time around, the fam­ily had no choice.

Mn­goma is 28 and Ma­dida is 34.

“Zakes loves Nandi and he had to do every­thing to make her and her fam­ily happy,” said a per­son close to Ma­dida. The friend added: “It wasn’t a wed­ding. Af­ter they went to sign the papers at home af­fairs, they cel­e­brated with fam­ily and close friends. I’m not sure if they are plan­ning to do a big wed­ding. That’s why even this in­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tion was kept un­der wraps – they are both me­dia-shy.”

Spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing Mn­goma’s preg­nancy be­gan when she pre­sented an award with her squeeze at the SA Music Awards re­cently. Au­di­ence mem­bers no­ticed that her fa­mously flat six-pack stom­ach looked rounded.

On Wed­nes­day, Sowe­tan pub­lished a pho­to­graph of Mn­goma wear­ing a sim­ple white wed­ding gown. In the pic­ture, Mn­goma is not seen pos­ing with her new hus­band, but stand­ing along­side Wow! En­ter­tain­ment founder Mon­wabisi Groot­boom.

When con­tacted for com­ment this week, Groot­boom said: “My sis­ter, you know what Pho­to­shop can do th­ese days – that’s not me in the pic­ture.”

Af­ter he was pressed for in­for­ma­tion, he said: “I’m sorry I can’t help you. Why don’t you call both Nandi and Zakes?”

Mn­goma is in Los Angeles for the Black En­ter­tain­ment TV (BET) Awards. She didn’t re­spond to text mes­sages and emails.

Ma­dida also ig­nored calls and text mes­sages. Mn­goma and Ma­dida may be tight-lipped about their nup­tials, but this week, while talk­ing about the BET awards, Mn­goma couldn’t help but show off the di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring on her left hand.

PHOTO: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

GLOW­ING Is Nandi Mn­goma preg­nant? She is seen here with Zakes Ma­dida at the Sa­mas

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