Ayanda Borotho, best known for starring in Isibaya, weighed in on the current feud between HHP's family and his widow, Lerato Sengadi. She says it broke her heart to see the drama and blames it on the abandonment of culture.
Ayanda feels that the situation that Lerato and HHP's family find themselves in is because of the confusion that comes from abandoning culture.
Lerato was excluded from the late musician's funeral arrangements after his family rejected her.
Briefly.co.za reported on how HHP's family insisted that the couple were not married according to their custom.
However, the widow was legally recognised by the Johannesburg High Court as HHP's rightful wife.
Ayanda took to social media to share how the drama had "absolutely broken" her heart.
The actress says Lerato's standing is only questioned because she's a woman.
You know the term umabuyemendweni? That term exists for women only. Not men. It is almost as if the success of marriage is dependant on one person: the woman. It doesn't matter what he does, uyibamba ishisa ntombi but hang on...kusha bani, eshe lani? It's interesting to see also (and I have many times) where a woman is estranged from her husband and when he passes away, bayakulanda uyohlala emakhandleleni. But should a woman pass away in this period..well...abakubo will take care of that!
Ayanda also questioned on what principles a marriage is based if Africans abandoned their beliefs. The actress had quite a lot to say.
I was really interested to know what constitutes a 'marriage' and by whose standards. Law? Family? The couple? Honestly. Someone said to me that this whole Lerato issue is confusing. I simply responded: it's confusing because black people abandoned who they are and accommodated practices that were not theirs. And it really is that simple.
"In our culture what was marriage before laws, prenup contracts and certificates? When we didn't have white weddings? You know the the term "ubuhle bendoda izinkomo zayo". Not decor. Not the ring. Not the wedding dress and suits. Not the cars. Izinkomo. Kanti zikhishwa nini izinkomo that qualify him as a man, with a wife? (Besengibuza nje ngesintu). Asikhulume magenge."
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