Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Viewers of e.tv's celebrity show Behind the Name presented by Nicky Greenwall were given an insight into the somewhat controversial but exciting lives of celebrity sisters Kuli Roberts and Hlubi Mboya.

The show traced the genesis of the two sisters' go-and-get attitude from the time when they were at school, particularly at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The same documentary also features the sisters' parents describing in detail how their two children, particularly Kuli, developed their free spirit kind of attitude to life.

In the documentary we also hear the two sisters corroborate their parents' version of events about their upbringing and the 'fun' things and controversial decisions they made about their lives.

Kuli, for instance, met a boyfriend and flew to Germany without telling her parents in the 1990s.

"We phoned her but she could not answer. It is only when she came back that she told us she was in Germany," Professor Mboya, the father of the two sisters says in the documentary.

At the time their father was an assist dean at UCT where Kuli was a student.

"I was not politically-active at university, and when the other students were protesting, I was busy with other issues.

"I actually wonder how I passed matric and ended at UCT. There was a time when I went to the the offices of the ANC to work for them. Tony Yengeni was one of the people who were there.

"He used to tease me about the fact that I spoke like a white person. I said who was he with a Caucasian name to come and give me problems about how I spoke English," Kuli says.

The controversy did not end there for the two sisters. For example, Kuli shocked her parents by dating white boys instead of black boys during the apartheid days.

She also shocked her parents by marrying without either their knowledge or their permission.

As much as controversial and exciting their lives are, the girls also work tirelessly for charity.

The documentary also captures the two's journey to Joburg and how their go-getter attitude saw them succeed in the jungle that Johannesburg sometimes is.