Khusela Diko is a South African politician who has seen both the good and the ugly sides of life throughout his career. After holding high political positions in the kingdom, she married a King, was accused of corruption, and died as a widow after her young husband was assassinated, she is known as the quadragenarian. Her life, which had previously been cheerful, affluent, and full of optimism, looks to be taking an unexpected turn at the moment.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult, especially when the deceased was your childhood husband. It was at this moment that Diko's spouse passed away that she needed him the most: when their company, Royal Bhaca, was under investigation and her political career was on the line. His death came as a huge shock to her at this juncture, when she needed his assistance more than she had ever needed it. All of this has been quite challenging for her. She is, nevertheless, a strong woman who is doing well as she attempts to get back on her feet again.
Khusela Diko is a well-known female politician in South Africa.
Life is said to begin at the age of forty, but for Khusela Diko, it began much earlier. Khusela was born in 1979 into a well-to-do family in Mumbai. A well-known lawyer, her father had a firm that is renowned with creating some of the best lawyers in the country today, while her mother worked as a teacher in the public schools.
In the years following graduation from the University of South Africa (UNISA), where she studied Commerce for her first degree, she was inspired to pursue politics by her grandmother and mother, who encouraged her to do so. When she joined the ruling African National Congress (ANC), it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as she quickly rose through the ranks, serving as a member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng, Chief Director of Communications for the Gauteng Provincial Government, and ultimately serving as spokesperson for the President of South Africa.
A unique component of Khusela Diko's political career is the fact that she completed all of her objectives in the South African political arena before the age of forty. Her ability to prosper despite the fact that she is a woman in an extremely male-dominated political environment is more proof that success can be achieved if you put in the necessary work.
In addition, she married into a royal dynasty, which allowed her to become a legitimate queen before she turned 40. A scene from a fairy tale film came to me when I read this. Before life intervened, she had a perfectly constructed future in front of her eyes that she could see through. The status of Diko went from one of the most prominent women in South African politics to that of a political outcast in the blink of an eye. Following her marriage to a young monarch, she transitioned from being a queen to becoming a widow. What she has done in the face of these awful and heartbreaking circumstances is deserving of an Academy Award consideration.
Her husband's death, she said, tore her heart into a million pieces.
Everyone was taken aback when they learned of the death of Khusela Diko's spouse, Nkosi Thandisizwe Diko. His death was unexpected, given he was only 42 years old at the time. No one could have predicted it. His wife appeared to be in the most agonizing suffering, as crushed and dejected as anyone could possibly be in such a situation.
While speaking at his funeral service, Rethabile Matolweni read a tribute she had written for him, in which she recounted how it had been the toughest letter she had ever written in her life, and how the news of his death had broken her heart into a million pieces. She stated he made a promise to her that she would never be abandoned, and she could never have guessed he would ditch her so quickly.
He lived his life with the mindset that it could all end tomorrow, and the seven years she spent with him were full with love, she said. She wasn't the only one who thought well of him; other others did as well. Khusela Diko has been virtually non-existent on Instagram since his passing, and she hasn't shared any new images as she usually does. She appeared to be attempting to put her life back together at the time of the incident.
At the age of 39, Khusela Diko married Nkosi in the traditional way.
A traditional wedding ceremony in December 2018 was dubbed the "Wedding of the Year" by many because Khusela Diko married her late husband in a traditional manner. Taking place over two days, the ceremony began on December 14th in Khusela's birthplace of AbaThembu and proceeded on December 15th in her husband's hamlet of KwaBhaca before concluding on December 16th.
People in both kingdoms consider their wedding to be more than just a union of two individuals; it is also a union of two kingdoms that were formerly at enmity with one another. Everyone, including the bride and groom, and all of the guests, was dressed in traditional attire.
Several prominent political officials, including the then-Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the Minister of Public Works, as well as ANC elites and royals from throughout the country, were in attendance at the wedding ceremony. The husband paid an undisclosed sum for her lobola, despite the fact that it included 24 cattle. The cattle were stolen around two weeks after the wedding, but the perpetrators were found and arrested shortly afterwards.
The exact circumstances of their meeting remain unknown; however, it has been established that they met three years before their traditional wedding and that they were legally married two years before confirming their union in the customary manner. In addition, there has been no information concerning the couple's children since their wedding was celebrated in 2007.
Khusela Diko married a king, and she became a widow at the age of 42.
People are familiar with Nkosi Thandisizizwe Diko as Khusela Diko's husband, but few are aware that, before to his death, Chief Thandisizizwe Diko II was the reigning king of AmaBhaca, having came to power in April 2010 after succeeding his father as the Bhaca kingdom's king.
He earned a bachelor's degree in law and sociology from the University of Natal, and a master's degree in development communication from the University of Pretoria. He is married and has two children. At the time of his death, he and his wife were both students at the University of South Africa, where he was studying law (UNISA).
After being one of the receivers of an inflated R2.2 billion COVID-19 personal protective equipment purchase, Nkosi Thandisizwe Diko's company, Royal Bhaca, was accused with corruption in the year 2020. In compensation for increased PPE cost, the Gauteng Department of Health allegedly paid his company R139 million, according to reports. Thandisizwe Diko, on the other hand, categorically denied the allegations.
In February 2021, it was revealed that he had died, even though the inquiry was still underway. Following a brief illness, he was pronounced dead at an East London hospital, according to reports. It is unknown how many children he and Khusela had together, but his son spoke at his funeral, despite the fact that nothing is known about their family. Whether the child is one he had with Khusela Diko or one he had with someone else is yet unknown.
At the age of 39, Khusela Diko became the President's spokesperson.
Khusela Diko was appointed as President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesman following his decision to reshuffle the cabinet after taking over from Jacob Zuma in March 2018. She had previously served as his press secretary. Despite the fact that she was studying commerce at university, Khusela Diko had prior communication experience, which made her an excellent candidate for the position.
A large part of Khusela Diko's appointment may be credited to her long-standing devotion to the African National Congress (ANC), where she worked as a communication manager before being appointed as the president's spokesman in the Union Building. In addition to her previous position as Chief Director of Communications for the Gauteng Provincial Government, she joined the ANC in 2015.
At the age of 39, she was already a member of the ANC Gauteng's Provincial Executive Committee and Provincial Working Committee, which serves as the party's highest decision-making body in the province and is the province's highest decision-making body.
Unfortunately for her, she was obliged to take a special leave of absence due to allegations that she assisted her husband's company in winning the Gauteng Department of Health PPE tender as a result of her husband's participation in the procurement process. According to the latest information available, investigations are still ongoing to ascertain whether she is guilty or not, while she simultaneously cope with the death of her spouse.
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