The legal battle between late rapper Jabulani "HHP" Tsambo's wife Lerato Sengadi and his family is far from over.
Last week Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) heard arguments on whether a valid customary marriage between the late Hip-Hop star and his customary wife Sengadi was concluded.
In October 2018 after HHP committed suicide, Sengadi interdicted the funeral, saying she had a right to bury her husband while the family argued they did not recognise her as his wife.
Presiding over the case, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng ruled that Sengadi had the right to interdict the funeral. But he said considering that the funeral arrangements had already been made, the funeral must go ahead in the spirit of Ubuntu.
Speaking for the first time since the passing of HHP, Sengadi tells Eusebius McKaiser that the legal battles have been spiritual, emotionally and psychically draining.
"When I married my husband, essentially he has a say in how I get buried. I was supposed to be at least be consulted on what the buried process was instead. His corpse was stolen and buried without me seeing him. How do I deal with that and recover from that?. I don't have closure," says Sengadi.
Sengadi says she was the protector in the relationship while HHP was the sensitive one.
She adds that at the time of his passing, they were not staying together and but still in the relationship. "I was the one wielding the sword and that is why we both balanced."
"I begged him to seek help and I said to him the only way I was coming back to our home was if he sought help because we were all spiralling out of control, says Sengadi.
After HHP's funeral Nkululeko Ncana, who is the spokesperson for the Tsambo family, twitted that Lerato had kicked HHP's son out of the house.
Sengadi says this is not the truth. "That is categorically a lie, I would never even think of doing that. That is a lie. What that family did is take pictures when my helper said she was moving out of the house. In the process of moving this guy took pictures and said I kicked Leano out. I am disgusted by that."
A case of breaking and entering has been opened with Honeydew police station. #HHP’s son’s stuff outside, amongst the stuff is his school uniform and books. #CustomaryWife sent some heavies with questionable hygiene habits, and the cops saying we’re trespassing! pic.twitter.com/ZTvi44lnhT
— NkululekoNcana (@NkululekoNcana) November 5, 2018
"One of the reasons I am going through this is so that I can take care of Leano the same way his father and I planned to. I have not been allowed to contact Leano, I saw him only once since his father died. I was categorically to stay away from him," says Sengadi.
Sengadi says in this she is fighting for the truth.