Over the weekend, National Assembly Speaker’s mind-boggling marriage to Bloemfontein businessman Nape Khomo had the social media abuzz with marital wishes, comments, and prayers.
Although many satirically laughed off the marriage between the two elderly lovers; others acknowledged that her marriage at 67 is better off than not marrying at all.
One of such people who acknowledged that Mbete’s marriage is never too late is EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu. We are well aware that Mbete and Shivambu are long-time rivals – having been caught in numerous standoffs in Parliamentary.
Shivumbu Happy For Businessman Nape Khomo And Mbete
Overjoyed with Mbete’s marriage to 57-year-old Khomo in a small ceremony at her family home in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Shivambu took to Twitter to drop his best wishes to Mbete.
“Congratulations and best wishes to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms B. Mbete-Khomo on her marriage. It’s never too late,” he wrote.
Congratulations and best wishes to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. B. Mbete-Khomo on her marriage. It's never too late.
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) September 24, 2016
Not long after, EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee also poured more wishes on 67-year-old Mbete on the social media.
— godrich gardee (@GardeeGodrich) September 25, 2016
On Saturday, Baleka tied the knot with her long-term partner Khomo. BuzzSouthAfrica learned that the love birds have been in a relationship for five years and decided to finally settle down as husband and wife.
It was a double honour for the speaker as she marked her 67th birthday on the day of the euphoric wedding.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mbete opened up further on her relationship with businessman Nape Khomo.
“By the time we met, I was long past that [previous] marriage. I actually hadn’t been in a relationship for 10 years when I met this comrade. Ten years is a lifetime, yes. I guess it’s a matter for psychologists. Maybe it was partly a matter of personal policy”, she said.
Although it is still unclear if this is Nape Khomo’s first marriage; Baleka is not a first-timer in the school of marriage – having married former South African poet and political activist Keorapetse William Kgositsile also known as “Bra Willie.”
“Bra Willie” walked down the aisle with Baleka in 1978; while she was living in Tanzania as an ANC exile. However, the marriage hit the rock in 1992. Notably, Baleka’s former spouse was an influential member of the ANC in the 1960s and 1970s. He earlier married late Melba Johnson Kgositsile and the marriage produced two children.