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Cops help desperate wanna-be groom retrieve lobola

24th May 2022

For two years, Nqaba Mthenjana tried to get his lobola back from his reluctant in-laws.

The 29-year-old wanna-be husband of Sishwili in Ulundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal was dumped after losing his job in 2020.

He had paid R70,000 lobola and gifts to his in-laws in 2019. The wedding was supposed to happen in 2020. But then he lost his job and things turned bad between him, his bride-to-be and his father-in-law. They made it clear that they didn’t want him in the family anymore – and they were stalling on giving him his money back as well.

So he took the matter to court. A sheriff delivered a letter of demand but still the family didn’t give him anything.

On Saturday Mthenjana went with the police and told his in-laws that he wanted his R70,000 lobola back. He also wanted the six cattle he had paid on top of the lobola and other gifts.

He was able to get the presents that he had given to the mother of the bride including a goat, two blankets and a big three legged pot.

The police and the wanna be groom only managed to retrieve a goat, two blankets and a big three legged pot, which were all given as presents to the mother of the bride.

The family promised to pay his lobola back by Thursday.

“I have been trying to get the date for the uMkhlehlo ceremony that is supposed to happen ahead of the wedding since 2019. Unfortunately my father-in-law was not willing to give me a date. The family stopped talking to me after I lost my job and my fiance moved to Mpumalanga,” said Mthenjana.

He said he has had a lot of stress and has even sought counselling.

“I’m grateful to Ulundi SAPS members who treated the matter as a priority and went with me to the in-laws because I don’t know what would have happened if they hadn’t got involved,” he said.

His former fiancee, Nokuthokoza Ngubane, said that Mthenjana must talk to her father because he was the one who accepted the lobola.

The father-in-law, Sunnyboy Ngubane, told Scrolla.Africa that he is no longer willing to talk about the matter but he will give Mthenjana all his lobola by Thursday.

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