This is not the first time that Kiks and Duma have featured on my blog as I covered their traditional wedding at Kiks’ home in Matatiele in March. Back then the Mxenge family, Duma’s family, were being welcomed by the Hene family. This time around, the Mxenges (ooRhudulu, ooZulu, ooSkhomo, ooTshangisa, amaNgwevu, ooBhodlinyama, ooMhlatyana ) were welcoming their bride into her new family. It wasn’t the warmest of days and sun was out purely because it was day time. Even so, the weather could not dampen anyone’s spirits and with the wind blowing and the temperature dropping to the point where you needed a coat and scarf, the singing and celebrating carried on well into the night.
In the Xhosa culture when a woman gets married she leaves behind more than just her family, she also leaves behind her name. She is given a new name by her new family that she will be known by going forward. In this case, Ntsikakazi was given the name Lithalethu, an apt name for someone who brings light anywhere she walks into. As for Duma, I think he still can’t believe his good fortune. Don’t worry mate, Litha can’t believe her good fortune too 😉
The next photo is rather special because Tat’ Fumbatha, Duma’s dad, is a very soft spoken man who is always in the background making sure that he does not attract any attention to himself. To see him laugh out loud, priceless.