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A mega-wedding - Malema's pal ties knot in style in Mauritius

By Alfred Moselakgomo and Bongani Mdakane in Mauritius | Oct 31, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 164 ]

THE Long Beach Resort in Mauritius was a hive of activity this weekend when a South African entourage invaded the country for the lavish wedding celebration of a Limpopo property mogul.

The extravagant wedding celebration of Vharanani Properties owner David Mabilu and his long-time sweetheart, Phala Mabilu, is estimated to have cost in the region of R15-million.

The wedding, which was held at the Long Beach Resort, attracted a large contigent of celebrities, such as Sonia Sedibe, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, Bobby Motaung, Prosper Mkwaiwa and his on-and-off wife Tina, kwaito musician Eugene Mthethwa and Judith Sephuma, among others.

Mabilu's invited guests came in numbers to witness the lovely couple exchanging vows at the hotel that is situated on the beach.

The couple's wedding was blessed by Reverend Sello Mohale of the Methodist Church of SA.

Wedding planner Sophie Ndaba made sure the ceremony looked fabulous and stylish. She also brought along celebrity make-up artist Nthato Mashishi.

Mabilu, who was born into a poor family in Tshiawelo, Soweto, met his other half 13 years ago in Polokwane. They have been inseparable since.

The couple have three children. Stringent African tradition was followed in facilitating the marriage.

Guests danced nonstop to DJs such as Mahoota, Oskido, Christos, Vinny Da Vinci, Black Coffee and others, alongside Mafikizolo, Jaziel Brothers and Tshepo Mngoma, with his string trio.

Mabilu booked 90% of the plush Belle Mare Plage for his guests. But the most expensive room was Malema's - rated at R14,784 a night.

Speaking at the reception, Mabilu - who emerged from humble backgrounds - thanked the wedding organisers and Long Beach management for the "great arrangements" they had made to make his wedding "one of the best in the world".

He also told the crowd how his aunt Salina had struggled to raise him and his five siblings after their parents died when he was still a young boy; and "worked as a cashier at Pep and ensured that we ate and went to school".

- Alfred Moselakgomo and Bongani Mdakane were in Mauritius as guests of the celebrants.

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Oct 31, 2011 12:0 | 0 replies

Sowetan must give JUJU some shares, he makes money for this paper
Do you have your paparazzis following him (JUJU) everywhere?

Oct 31, 2011 11:16 | 0 replies

sis sowetan, do yiu really have to tell us about juju's room, what about the cake, ring, wedding dress,foods, etc. but anyway juju really does pay for your bills.

Oct 31, 2011 11:6 | 0 replies

hey, abanye abantu banayo imali!

Oct 31, 2011 11:4 | 0 replies

Yes its Clearly dat black are idiots

You go to run in town pretoria singing "siyaya ko Pretoria" while you in PTA with JUJU riding in a car infront you all, you stupids

There he is spending our TAX in Mauritians and even payed for his friends wedding to with our tax, then he starts a strike saying its for the poor while he is spending millions in one weekend sies.

All juju supporters are idiots just like him.

Oct 31, 2011 11:1 | 0 replies

Is it not the real issue the fact that all of this guy's money was made building RDP houses. Anyone involved in business should be entitled to make a profit, but in the case of government tenders (especially in something as vital as RDP houses), it is the job of the government to stretch the public funds as far as possible so as many RDP houses can be properly built with the amount of money available.

When one reads about not only the lavish wedding, but the fleet of luxury cars etc, any reasonable person would ask whether it is problematic that the building og RDP houses should be so obscenely profitable. The obviously follow-up question would be if the tenders he is receiving are so profitable,. were there not other companies willing to build the houses at a profit (but a lesser one)? If so, why was he awarded the tender? It would be inappropriate to jump to conclusions without an investigation, but these facts raise reasonable questions that all South Africans should want answers to. The obvious close relationship between Malema and such tenderpreneurs raises similar questions.

There are many causes of service delivery problems, but clearly the tendering process is a major cause and drawing reasonable inferences and challenging those who became wealthy using public funds is most relevant to those individuals who rely on the public funds to meet their basic needs.

Oct 31, 2011 10:56 | 0 replies


I could not have said it better.R15Million for a wedding is just gross to say the least.He did not have to spend that much but i guess he wants to show off to the world that he is loaded.It is one behaviour which is common amongst Africans.Instead of using our wealth to help our communities we prefer to flaunt it,waste it and use it to oppress our community.

I am not suprised that JUJU is there and sleeping in such an expensive suite.He is a corrupt dictator in the making and unfortunately for his supporters they are too dumb to see that.His agenda is simple : Bleed the country dry and turn it into another zimbabwe.If the current leadership does not arrest,investigate and jail him ,he might just get his wish.

Oct 31, 2011 10:49 | 0 replies

@Ann:-) I hev to look at reasons to see this as a positive, cause for me, its hard to accept that these tenderprenuers are abusing our tax to buy themselves booze and p*ssy, so I had to think of the possible plus points to come to terms with this extravaganza! I wouldnt' be on their case if they were delivering quality service for said tenders they corruptly obtain from the gov throught their political connections, in this case malema. It is this which result in non deliverance of services, hence I fail to understand malema march last week when he is part of what is the problem in this country.

Oct 31, 2011 10:47 | 0 replies

Haters take it easy its just an invite to a wedding.

Oct 31, 2011 10:37 | 0 replies
Yes its Clearly dat black are idiots

You go to run in town pretoria singing "siyaya ko Pretoria" while you in PTA with JUJU riding in a car infront you all, you stupids

There he is spending our TAX in Mauritians and even payed for his friends wedding to with our tax, then he starts a strike saying its for the poor while he is spending millions in one weekend sies.

It's racist to generalize for example blacks are stupid and whites are all racist, but..............there's a reason why people generalize.

This is what the black folke will have to make for themselves. If they keep on supporting a corrupt ANC and Malema and the likes, they will eventually all be called stupid, regardless of the level headed folke between them. Just as there's a new perception that blacks are now THE racist against other race groups.

Only they can stand up against this vile stupidity that is busy killing SA with the ANC

Oct 31, 2011 11:17 | 0 replies

On Friday last week Malema was the champion of the poor and on weekend he was wining and dinning with the rich sleeping in an expensive hotel room, to me that is hypocrisy at its best.

Oct 31, 2011 11:18 | 0 replies