HHP drama marred his send-off

A portrait of Jabulani 'HHP' Tsambo is perched on his grave after his burial at Mahikeng's Heroe's Acre on Saturday.
A portrait of Jabulani 'HHP' Tsambo is perched on his grave after his burial at Mahikeng's Heroe's Acre on Saturday.
Image: Tiro Ramatlhetse

Lerato Sengadi stood her ground to fight the family of HHP, real name Jabulani Tsambo, to be recognised as the rapper's lawful wife.

Sengadi had to fight the family in court after she was chased away from the singer's house following his death over a week ago.

She fought them to be included in the funeral preparations.

Sengadi was determined to bury HHP, the man she lived with for almost 10 years.

The court ruled in her favour but the family failed to acknowledge her on Saturday during HHP's funeral.

We blame the judge because when he handed down the judgment, he was fully aware that there was bad blood between the family of HHP and Sengadi.

The judge ruled that she was the legal customary wife but the funeral should go ahead as it could not be postponed.

The judge was supposed to give her the full powers to run the funeral because there was no way HHP's family was going to allow her to be part of the preparations for the funeral.

Instead, the family called the shots and did not even recognise Sengadi during the funeral.

Women need to wake up and fight for their rights, like Sengadi did.

Many women stay with men but they don't know what are their rights should the men die or should they separate.

Sengadi's pain should not be taken for granted but women need to look back and ask themselves, what if I am in her shoes?

Most women know from experience how brutal in-laws can be when their sons die.

Some families believe women are what they are because they married their sons.

Yes, Sengadi had left their matrimonial house after they fought like any other couples do, but she stayed with HHP for years.

She had been with him through and through and she was there when he needed her.

Both families handled the situation badly.

The elders from both families were supposed to find each other for the sake of HHP.

We believe there were other means for both families to resolve their differences other than to engage in a public spat.

But we are happy that HHP was finally laid to rest despite all the drama.

Rapper Jabulani "HHP" Tsambo was laid to rest on Saturday November 3 2018 in Mmabatho, Mahikeng, in an emotional send-off.

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