Mandisa Mkhize, Senzo Meyiwa's 'forgotten wife'

Mandisa Mkhize, Senzo Meyiwa's 'forgotten wife'
Published: 2014 November 06 10:33:25 (21035 Views)
As South Africa mourns the untimely death of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Senzo Meyiwa, there has been a feeling that his wife's grief has been forgotten.

Senzo's love life has been fodder for the media and before making his relationship official with afro soul singer Kelly Khumalo, Meyiwa was married to 26-year-old Mandisa.

Speaking to New Age newspaper in 2012, Mandisa shared that the couple met at Johannesburg Park Station back in 2005.

At the time Mandisa was making a long trip down to Umlazi.

"A mutual friend hooked us up and kept telling me that he has the man for me and when we met, I just loved Senzo.

"I didn't know that he was a soccer player, in fact, he said to me that he was studying law.

Mandisa credited the "extremely loud and religious" Meyiwa for being a reason their family has developed into a strong and happy bunch.

She is quoted as saying: "He is our pillar of strength and I have learnt from him never to give up. Even when things were not going his way, he kept on telling me that he will fight on.

"His will to keep going is the reason he has achieved so much.

"He is a real believer and he reads the Bible at every chance he gets. I love his dedication and commitment. He is my hero, a real sweetheart."

Meyiwa engaged his long time girlfriend Mandisa in October 2012 and traditionally wedded her 5 months later on 11 March 2013.

Within less than a year of marriage, Meyiwa's infidelity with singer Kelly Khumalo made headlines.

News of Meyiwa cheating reached his wife through a colleague who adviced her to looking into Khumalo's instagram page.

Speaking to a magazine Mandisa revealed that she was shocked by what she saw.

"When I saw pictures of them looking cosy I got the shock of my life. I was heartbroken and cried hysterically. I called Senzo and told him to respect me as a wife but he denied he was having an affair with Kelly".

Khumalo was arrested in 2013 on charges of assault filed by Meyiwa's wife, Mandisa Mkhize, following a heated roadside, physical altercation on the Empire Road off-ramp near the M1 South in Johannesburg.

Meyiwa admitted in an interview with DRUM magazine that he lied to both his wife Mandisa and the singer, who he initially fell for at the Feather Awards in March last year.

Khumalo was initially reluctant to commit to a relationship but he eventually won her over after telling her he was single. Khumalo gave birth to a baby girl this year called Aphelele.

She only found out he was married five months into their relationship, by which time his wife had also heard about the affair when a colleague showed her Khumalo's Instagram account.

At the time, Meyiwa said: 'This is all my fault. I lied to them [Khumalo and Mkhize].

'I approached her [Khumalo] and she asked if I was married. But I wasn't man enough to tell her the truth. As a result, she fell in love with me.'

He reportedly returned to his marital home in February.

Mandisa was quoted in the Sunday Sun as saying: 'I'm glad my husband is back home. I'm loving every moment. Senzo is a good man who loves his family. I support him in his career and we are now closer than ever.'

However a few months ago Khumalo revealed on social media that she was happily involved with the father of her second child.

When Meyiwa was shot dead, he was still married to Mandisa and in a relationship with his Mistress Khumalo.

Source - Sowetan


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