Nomsa Buthelezi has helped many couples walk down the aisle and now she’s preparing for her big day after announcing the date of her upcoming wedding
As the host of the country’s favourite wedding show, Our Perfect Wedding, Nomsa has watched a number of loved-up couples from around Mzansi say “I do” on their special days.
Nomsa has warmed the hearts of viewers as one of the reality show’s most engaging hosts in recent history and now it will be her turn to plan her very own perfect wedding (although we’re not sure if we’ll all get to watch it on national television!).
Nomsa’s wedding is important for a number of reasons
Not only does she deserve the wedding of her dreams after helping countless other couples experience theirs; but her marriage is symbolic for the entire South African LGBTI+ community. The presenter will be marrying her lover, Zandile Shezi – also a woman – despite the homophobic backlash their relationship has received over the years.
And now it looks like they are taking their love all the way to the aisle with a wedding that will take place in November 2019.
Nomsa revealed the date of the upcoming ceremony to Sunday World before adding that it will take place somewhere between Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
As an openly gay public figure, Nomsa is well aware of the impact that her relationship and soon-to-be marriage has had on other lesbian couples in South Africa
In an interview with Tshisa Live last year, the presenter opened up about how she hoped to inspire other same-sex couples despite the challenging circumstances they face.
She began by revealing that she had been lesbian for many years but confessed that she felt as if she had to keep it a secret. “I have been lesbian for many years of my life. I’ve been dating women for years. But because I once had a partner who was a guy it was hard for me to reclaim who I am publicly.
“It was hard. Usually coming out as a woman who dates other women is not easy, especially in the townships. We are always scared of the reaction.
“But I decided this month, I’ll share my love and also encourage other women to say, ‘Hey, this is me’. To say that I will date whoever makes me happy.”
The countdown to Nomsa and Zandile’s wedding is truly on, and even with any backlash she is likely to face from bigots, we are certain that she will have great support from the rest of the country.
Are you excited for Nomsa and Zandile’s perfect wedding later this year?