Congratulations have been flooding in for actress Simphiwe “Simz” Ngema, after she revealed on Wednesday that she is pregnant with her first child.
The star, who lost her husband Dumi Masilela in a botched hijacking in 2017, took to Instagram to announce the good news.
Posting a picture of her baby bump, Simz said God had wiped away her tears and gave her “joy in abundance”.
This is also the first time that she revealed that she and actor Tino Chinyani are a couple. She thanked him for giving her a “beautiful gift”” and teaching her to “love again”.
“Indeed there is a God in heaven. He wiped away my tears and gave me joy in abundance. You’ve brought hope and purpose to my life. Tino, I will forever be grateful to you for this beautiful gift and for teaching me how to love again. I love you both with all my heart,” she wrote.
Tino shared pictures from the same maternity shoot and said he had prayed for this moment.
“Lord knows how long I prayed on this moment and to be answered in the most beautiful way possible. I thank the Lord up above that you blessed me with your presence and showed me who I could truly be, and for that I’ll forever be grateful.”
He promised to always be there for Simz and their child.
“For this gift you have given me, I promise I will always love, care and be there for you and our seed. May our seed grow to be a leader of change, a leader of hope and serve the Lord in all their ways. My legacy continued, my mini me,” he added.
Friends and fans shared their congratulations and best wishes.
Actress Gail Mabalane wrote: “Oh my goodness! I’m so happy for you, Simz! Congratulations. God restores!”
“Finally! Congratulations, twin. You are absolutely going to be an amazing mom!” Ntando Duma added.
Simz was left heartbroken at Dumi's death three years ago, shortly after the couple had got married.
She battled to pick up the pieces and in October last year told TshisaLIVE that she'd finally felt strong enough to let go and find love again.
“It has been a difficult journey and I feel it is time to let go, holding on is what hurts more. Losing Dumi two months after our wedding was worse than my worst nightmare and after he passed away, I was afraid that people would forget him. So I did everything I could to keep his memory alive.
“But, at some point, I realised that holding on hurts so much more. It felt like I had a memorial service every time I did something to keep his memory alive and I went through all the emotions all over again,” she said .