Limpopo – The weddings bells are ringing for Julius Malema.
Sorry, all interested women! The EFF commander-in-chief has been taken.
Malema to tie the knot in the coming weeks in a traditional ceremony in Seshego, his hometown outside Polokwane.
The woman who stole Malema’s heart is Mantwa Matlala.
She comes from his neighbourhood. But, unlike her future husband, who constantly hogs the headlines, Matlala has been described as a strictly private person by those who know her.
“She is not in politics. Their relationship dates back to the time when she was at Capricorn High School,” said an impeccable source.
Matlala is said to be an accountant, working for a company in Joburg.
The two families have reportedly agreed to keep the wedding ceremony a private affair until the big day.
“The wedding is likely to be on the weekend of December 27 and 28. It’s certainly going to be after Christmas,” said the source.
The two would not talk about their nuptials when they were contacted for comment on Wednesday.
Malema said: “I don’t know that. Every December, (people) say I am about to get married.”
His bride-to-be was equally cagey when asked if she was prepared to confirm speculation of her marriage to Malema.
“I am not. I am currently at work and am in the middle of something,” said Matlala, politely asking to end the conversation.
But sources close to the lovebirds and almost all their neighbours are awaiting their big day.
The Star visited Malema’s neighbourhood on Wednesday and found the wedding to be a much-talked-about affair.
“Malema’s wedding? Yes, they came to inform us about it, their house is there,” said an elderly woman, pointing The Star towards the double-storey house that belongs to Malema’s grandmother.
Another neighbour said the EFF leader’s family have asked the residents living nearby for permission to erect a marquee on the street on the day of the wedding.
“We have signed the petition already. We all agree that he can cordon off the street, it’s a big day for him,” said a neighbour, who asked not to be named.
Malema’s wife-to-be is not the mother of his 8-year-old son, Ratanang.
“No, it’s not that one. He is marrying one of the girls from Shoprite,” said another neighbour.
Matlala’s family house is known among the locals as “Shoprite” because it’s arguably the most beautiful home in the area.
The pavement outside Matlala’s house has been painted in bright colours.
Her neighbours confirmed the wedding, saying they had also signed the petition to allow her family to erect a marquee on the street during the ceremony.