Metro FM radio personality Lerato Kganyago and her husband, Thami Ndlala, were planning to have a white wedding in September this year, but have decided to call it off and separate amicably.
The separation comes barely two months after their much-publicised traditional wedding, which saw Kganyago officially welcomed by Ndlala’s family in Sandhurst, northern Johannesburg.
According to two sources who are close to the couple and did not want to be named, Kganyago this week decided to pack her bags and leave the mansion they shared.
On Thursday the 37-year-old shocked her fans with a social media post announcing the separation.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Thami and I have decided to go our separate ways. We have come to realise that our different priorities and workloads have not afforded us the time to invest in our relationship. I will continue to care deeply for Thami and look forward to growing our friendship. We trust that our privacy will be respected during this difficult time,” she wrote on her Instagram page.
Her statement has divided her followers. While some commended her for being brave, some felt it was a publicity stunt gone wrong.
When we approached her for comment, the emotional deejay said: “I have no further comment. I have said everything I wanted to say in my statement.” Ndlala has also confirmed the split.
“We decided to write a joint statement that was posted by Lerato on Instagram. We remain good friends,” he said.
There is a lot of speculation around their marriage. The two sources alleged that Ndlala’s infidelity was the reason they separated.
Ndlala denied this. “It was a mutual decision and there was no infidelity. This is only speculation, and it’s devoid of any truth whatsoever. We expect this decision to be respected and for us to be granted privacy,” he said.
Other sources confirmed that the couple had been preparing for a big white wedding. “Celebrity designer Gert-Johan Coetzee had already started designing Lerato’s white gown, but it is not clear what is going to happen with it now.
“Lerato is really hurting. She has discovered so many things about this guy, hence she decided to separate from him,” said one of these sources.
This week speculation about Ndlala’s alleged shenanigans went viral on social media, where many labelled him a fraudster and conman who was living a “borrowed” life.
Some people even claimed on social media that Ndlala owed them money. According to the Thami Ndlala Holdings website, Ndlala owns a business consultancy company that specialises in management consulting, business development and project management.
“He is not the sole owner of the mansion in Sandhurst. He doesn’t even belong to the residential WhatsApp group,” claimed one of the two sources close to the couple.
However, Ndlala said it was impossible to defend himself against such allegations.
“These allegations are devoid of all truth. I find it curious that people wish to remain anonymous. It seems to me like a further attempt to slander my good name. There are legal procedures available to all citizens if they feel money is due to them.
“No such legal documentation had been served on me. This seems like a failed attempt to litigate and the media has become a forum for such litigation for the cowardly faceless who seek popularity,” he said.
On the claim that he does not own the mansion where he lives, Ndlala said: “I will not deign to answer such false allegations. We have a functioning justice system in place that deals with such and I trust the system in place for everyone to enjoy. My residence ownership is not of anyone’s interest except for those that seek relevance and enjoy expired fire crackers.”