Leleti Khumalo’s relationship with Mbongeni Ngema led to her being attacked.

Leleti Khumalo’s relationship with Mbongeni Ngema led to her being attacked.

Leleti Khumalo's relationship with Mbongeni Ngema led to her being attacked.

klapped Sarafina protagonist Leleti Khumalo almost to a pulp after discovering that she was involved in an adulterous affair together with her husband.

Nduneni-Ngema has revealed the startling news, which was kept hush-hush, in her memoir titled Heart of a robust Woman, written by seasoned author Fred Khumalo. Narrating the drama, Nduneni-Ngema, who is currently the CEO of Joburg City Theatres, said she left Joburg in 1985 and visited KwaZulu-Natal to end her degree, leaving the Sarafina crew, including Khumalo and her husband, to continue with the work of the theatrical drama in preparation for a series of overseas performances.

Nduneni-Ngema, who was responsible for the finances of Mbongeni’s company, Committed Artists, regularly contacted the corporate director who dropped hints about affairs among the cast and crew members. She said in one among her long phone calls with Mbongeni, he told her Khumalo was under the weather with ulcers. Nduneni-Ngema said she suggested Mbongeni take Khumalo to her mother’s range in Daveyton so she could take care of her. “Leleti joined the remainder of my family at our home and received care from my mother until she recovered and rejoined her fellow cast members,” she writes.

She said she was shocked when her mother warned her to take care of Khumalo when she returned home from Durban for the Easter holidays. Nduneni-Ngema said her mother told her that Khumalo would sit on Ngema’s lap when he came to go to her in her house and that they would hug one another and make jokes ahead of her.
Leleti Khumalo's relationship with Mbongeni Ngema led to her being attacked.

But Nduneni-Ngema dismissed her mother’s suspicion as misplaced because she considered Khumalo as way too young to possess an intimate relationship together with her husband. She said when she later realised that everyone knew about the furtive dalliance between Khumalo and her husband, she went bonkers and decided to point out her flames in 1987.

“Because I couldn’t deal physically with Mbongeni, I assumed I should reach for the low hanging fruit. At the rear of the hotel, we were using as our base was the Oriental Plaza parking zone and in it, there have been some trees. I cut a pleasant steady switch from one among the branches. I took it back to the old hotel, back to space I shared with Mbongeni,” she said.

She said when she heard the cast members were back from the theatre in downtown Joburg where they were performing, she approached the feminine cast members who were in their room and ordered them, except Khumalo, to travel outside. “The girls scuttled out of the space, screaming in shock. I fell on Leleti. I beat her. I beat her. But I used to be careful to not hit on her face. I also didn’t want to beat her on her legs. She had to travel on the stage and perform the subsequent day. So with my stick I targeting her body. She screamed, crying for mercy, crying for help. There was no mercy from me…’ in any case I’ve finished you, you kick me within the face, b!tch!’.

I beat her at my very own leisure, knowing that Mbongeni was still at Kippie’s Jazz Club drinking. I beat her until she was silent,” she said. She said when Ngema returned, he intervened, beating her with the switch she had beat Khumalo with. it had been when she decided to finish the wedding.

Nduneni-Ngema’s violent behaviour seems to possess been caused by Ngema’s list of extra-marital affairs, including cheating on her with singer Tu Nokwe before moving on to Khumalo. Nduneni-Ngema said Ngema was abusive and displayed his abusive behaviour when he at some point parked his car at her parent’s gate and hooted for her to return out. Since this had followed one among their many fights, her father, who was holding a stick, walked out and marched towards his car.

Ngema then picked half a brick and hit the windscreen of her car and sped off. So abusive was Mbongeni that at some point when Nduneni-Ngema was at Committed Artists’ offices, Ngema walked towards her holding a plate of food and, unprovoked, threw it at her, ahead of the cast and crew members. “Anyway embarrassed, I visited the restroom, cleaned myself up, then left the office immediately. As I drove from the scene of the attack, my clothes were still covered in blotches of beetroot juice,” she said, adding that her tears flowed when she also in his bedroom – ex-wife stick, walked out and marched towards his car.

Ngema then picked half a brick and hit the windscreen of her car then abusive was Mbongeni that at some point when Nduneni-Ngema was at Committed Artists’ offices, Ngema walked towards her holding a plate of food and, unprovoked, threw it at her, ahead of the cast and crew members.

“Anyway embarrassed, I visited the restroom, cleaned myself up, then left the office immediately. As I drove from the scene of the attack, my clothes were still covered in blotches of beetroot juice,” she said, adding that her tears flowed when she also Leleti took a severe beating after cheating with Ngema noticed a bit of chicken stuck to at least one of her shoes.
Leleti Khumalo's relationship with Mbongeni Ngema led to her being attacked.

Nduneni-Ngema also notes an event at their place within the US when she found panties of a lady in their bedroom. When she asked him about them, he apologised. At their house in Daveyton, she said, the youngsters who were living together with her caught Ngema and their employee in their bedroom.

She also said Ngema took his abuse towards her to a different level when he later refused to use his hands to eat food and ordered her to feed him. “Yes, but one spoonful of food in his mouth after another. One piece of meat after another. Mbongeni would complain ‘hey, you, these pieces you’ve cut are too big! Cut my meat into small piece’,” she said.