Former Imbewu’s Brenda Mhlongo ‘Madonsela’ husband of 23 years impregnates and secretly marries side-chick.
She is well known for keeping her love life under wraps but of late her bedroom affairs has spilt to the public. To many April is Brenda Mhlongo’s anniversary month but instead, she is nursing a broken heart. She should be celebrating her 23rd anniversary but her husband thought otherwise.
Well, Brenda Mhlongo is in tears after her husband of 23 years impregnates and secretly marries a side- chick. No doubt she needs our prayers. It’s too much of for one to bear given the fact that it was a surprise.
It has been established that Brenda’s husband, theatre director Edmund Mhlongo, and his new bride Nkosi Mpanza, celebrated their umembeso at her home in Mandeni just outside Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal on Good Friday, allegedly without his wife’s knowledge or approval.
According to sources close to the actress, Mhlongo was surprised to see pictures of her husband and Mpanza clad in matching traditional attire at the latter’s home.
“She discovered during the long Easter weekend that he went to do umembeso, the second step that follows lobola and sees the groom blessing the bride’s family with gifts just before the actual big wedding,” a source said.
The mother of three apparently found out through local media reports that Mpanza was also pregnant with Edmund’s child and that they had been dating since she left for Johannesburg to shoot Generations: The Legacy and the Mzansi Magic soapie The Queen.
The source said the star’s marriage began falling apart last year when she constantly fell sick after she arrived at their home in Melmoth on the weekends.”She was working on the set of The Queen and stayed in Johannesburg, and each time she came home over the weekends, she fell sick. During the lockdown, when she was there for much longer, it happened endlessly, and then she decided to leave and go home,” the source said.
“Time went by and [the couple] tried to fix things, but then she heard that he got another woman pregnant. She found out through local newspapers.”
Another source said Mpanza – who is a trainee at Edmund’s acting academy, Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu – was a constant source of fights in the marriage and that her pregnancy was the reason Brenda moved out of the family home and went back to her parents’ house.
“They haven’t filed for divorce yet. It is currently a separation. They do talk about divorce, but they have not filed yet. She left their home in April last year to stay at her home in Port Shepstone on the south coast, so it has been over a year now,” the source said.
Brenda declined to comment, only saying: “I don’t talk about my private life in the newspapers.”