Black‚ white and expecting: Mandla Mandela and pregnant wife glow on the red carpet
Dave Chambers | 2017-02-09 17:13:08.0
Mandla Mandela and his pregnant wife Rabia Clarke.
Image by: Esa Alexander
Nelson Mandela’s grandson‚ Mandla‚ and his pregnant wife of one year‚ Nkosikazi Nosekeni Rabia Mandela‚ arrived in matching black and white outfits.
A year ago‚ the MP attended the State of the Nation address with his third wife‚ Mbali “Nodiyala” Makhathini‚ also in matching outfits. The appearance‚ shortly after his wedding to the former Rabia Clarke at a Cape Town mosque‚ raised eyebrows
Mandla‚ the Chief of Mvezo village‚ told journalists on Thursday: “Every year I try to capture our culture and tradition. Our outfits are inspired by the community we come from.”
Mandela and Rabia announced the pregnancy on Sunday. “We are excited beyond words today to be celebrating not only our first wedding anniversary but also the fact that we are expecting our first bundle of joy‚” Mandela said.
“Mvezo Komkhulu will once again experience the pitter-patter of a young Mandela ’s feet. It’s been an amazing year. We are truly blessed‚ and very grateful for all the well-wishes.”
Mandela posted a picture of a home pregnancy test kit on his Instagram page with the message‚ Alhamdulillah‚ which in English means “praise God”.
Cape Town cleric Sheikh Riyadh Walls told the Sunday Times last year that Mandela converted to Islam in November 2015 in Lenasia.
Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels‚ who officiated at the marriage‚ said: “I think he has a lot of the leadership qualities of his grandfather. He was even at the biggest march we had for Palestine. He was one of the speakers … and spoke well for the people of Palestine.”
Gabriels recalled Mandla telling Clarke: “Rabia‚ you are my wife‚ but the way my grandfather raised me is that before family‚ the South African nation comes first … we need to look after the minorities.”