Pas­tor’s gay part­ner leaves home

Re­al­ity show goes be­hind the scenes

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­lob@sun­day­

Celebrity gay po­lyg­a­mist Enoch Kolobe has lost one of his three gay part­ners that he refers to as “wives”.

The con­tro­ver­sial pas­tor of Zion Apos­tolic Church Brother Mis­sion who is also a san­goma, shot to fame when he of­fi­ci­ated an in­ter­ra­cial gay mar­riage on wild­ly­pop­u­lar re­al­ity show Our Per­fect Wed­ding , lost the first of his three gay part­ners, Si­fiso Zwane, af­ter he walked out on their union.

The sad tale will be re­vealed in the up­com­ing episodes of Kolobe’s re­al­ity TV show Um­deni on DStv’s ded­i­cated love chan­nel Moja Love.

Kolobe was not avail­able to speak to Sun­day­World but his son Bon­gani con­firmed that Zwane went back to his home for un­known rea­sons.

Bon­gani said view­ers would be taken into his fa­ther’s con­fi­dence about Zwane’s de­par­ture from their Den­nil­ton, Lim­popo house­hold in the next few weeks as the show pro­gresses.

Kolobe ini­tially had two wives with whom he had 20 chil­dren. Five of his chil­dren are gay and five are les­bian.

Af­ter the death of the first wife and the sep­a­ra­tion from the sec­ond wife, the pas­tor then de­cided to wed three gay men whohe con­sid­ers to be­his helpers. Each one of them has spe­cial du­ties in the fam­ily.

One of them, Alfred Mahlangabeza, said he was good with ini­ti­at­ing the up­com­ing san­go­mas while the oth­ers­deal with­bead­workand house chores.

The first episode cen­tred around the Kolobe house­hold and showed in de­tail how the part­ners per­formed their du­ties.

View­ers also saw how Zwane re­fused to at­tend a fam­ily meet­ing where the chil­dren and other part­ners of the san­goma were present.

Al­though he ex­plainedto the other part­ners that he didn’t at­tend the meet­ing be­cause he was tired, they did not buy it and stuck to the claim that he washid­ing some­thingfromthe fam­ily.

Kolobe said in the episode that his grand­fa­ther was a po­lyg­a­mist who had seven wives and that his own fa­ther also took more than one wife.

The show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mpho Len­gane said: “Our core pil­lar as a chan­nel is to show all facets that have to do with love, be it tragic or beau­ti­ful.

“It is through cel­e­brat­ing their unique and con­ven­tional fam­ily that we as a chan­nel cel­e­brate an­other face of love.”

Um­deni pre­miered on chan­nel DStv 157 last night

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