The celebrations started on Saturday, with the couple yesterday performing the second part of their wedding at Malema’s family home at Seshego, outside Polokwane, Limpopo. Malema wore a traditional white shirt, while the bride looked ravishing in colourful tribal wear.
Malema’s family welcomed Matlala (24) into the Malema clan.
Matlala’s family brought gifts for the Malema family to signify the completion of their vows. Two cattle were slaughtered in the early hours of yesterday morning for the matrimonial ceremony.
However, the traditional ceremony was not the type of welcome most wedding guests expected: ID checks and a tough security sweep before entering a huge white marquee erected outside Malema’s family home.
Community members had been camping outside hoping to be allowed inside. Later, they were allowed to sit in a small tent outside Malema’s home when rain began to pour.
The two-day celebration kicked-off with a traditional wedding on Saturday afternoon.
Traditional food like beef and pap was also served.
Malema’s friend, known only as “Collen”, told Malema always to respect his wife.
“God should be the centre of your marriage, I know you have said you are still new in this institution.”
EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu described the wedding as a confirmation that love was in the air.
“We are gathered here today because two people love each other,” said Mpofu.
In a thinly veiled attack on President Jacob Zuma, Mpofu said Malema would never marry a second wife.
“Our president is only going to get married once. Unlike other presidents out there who get married every December,” Mpofu said.
Malema used the opportunity to tell guests that EFF was the government-in waiting.
“The ANC is going to die a natural death,” said Malema. “You need to find a new home before it is too late.”
The wedding was attended by well known South Africans including United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa.
Gospel singer Winnie Mashaba entertained guests at the reception, which went on until theearly hours of the morning.