Former Hip-Hop star HHP's funeral is turning into a tragic mess. Lerato Sengadi, HHP's wife, turned to the court to stop the funeral arrangements. According to HHP's family, the right rituals weren't followed and Lerato wasn't handed over to the family.
While South Africans, and everyone who loved him, are mourning the passing of HHP, his family and wife are in a messy battle over his funeral.
Lerato Sengadi insists that HHP wanted to be buried in Johannesburg and she went to court when his family didn't include her in the arrangements.
She even applied for an urgent application to stop all funeral arrangements, according to a report by TimesLIVE.
The South Gauteng High Court heard the case on Friday, 2 November. Robert Tsambo, HHP's father, claims that Lerato was never handed over to the family and there was never any lobola paid for her.
The Tsambo family still maintains that Jabulani was not married according to their custom and in terms of the requirements outlines in the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act (Act 120 of 1998). The fact that he lived in the same house with Ms Lerato Sengadi does not change their mere cohabitation into a concluded customary marriage.
However, Lerato says she can prove that her marriage to HHP is legit and she can prove that lobola was indeed paid.
ZAlebs reports that while the court case is still underway, HHP's family responded to Lerato's attempt to stop the funeral.
The family says Lerato is welcome at the funeral but refuses to accept her as his wife. They also complained about her hope to stop the funeral.
What we object to is the indignant upheaval of the deceased funeral which has been arranged at great expense to the family and with coordination of the Mmabatho Municipality and the Premier of the North West Province. The present funeral arrangements are the desire of the deceased family.
The case is ongoing and a verdict has not been reached yet.
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