National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, 67, will today tie the knot with her long-term partner and Bloemfontein businessman; Nape Khomo, in a wedding ceremony to be held at Gumatama, Mqanduli.
BuzzSouthAfrica learned that the love birds have been in a relationship for five years and decided to finally settle down as husband and wife.
The family’s spokesperson, who is also Mbete’s younger brother, Mphakama; confirmed the marriage. He disclosed that the two families wanted it to be an intimate affair between them and close friends.
He said the marriage has been a closely guarded secret for weeks – hence, the reason why they wanted the ceremony to be private.
Baleka’s Family Excited About Her Marriage To Nape Khomo
Excited Mphakama added:
“We are very happy that these two elders have decided to take this step and join the two families and amaHlubi and Sotho people together. This will make my sister very happy.”
He, however, declined to disclose how many cows were asked for Lobola but 11 cows were seen at Baleka’s home on Friday.
Baleka is also expected to mark her 67th birthday anniversary immediately after the euphoric wedding ceremony.
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 ex was an influential member of the African National Congress in the 1960s and 1970s.
Bra Willie earlier got married to late Melba Johnson Kgositsile and the marriage produced two children. A daughter, Ipeleng (a journalist), and a son, Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (a hip-hop artist).
Baleka Mbete is the national chairperson of The African National Congress (ANC); a position she previously occupied in 2007 and was re-elected in 2012.
It would be recalled that on 21st May 2014, Mbete was elected the speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. Before then, she was the National Assembly speaker from 2004-2008. Baleka Mbete also served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2008-2009.