The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein will on Friday hear arguments on whether a valid customary marriage between the late Hip-Hop star Jabulani Tsambo popularly known as HHP and his customary law wife Lerato Sengadi was concluded.
The deceased’s father Robert Tsambo has brought the application against Sengadi.
The feud between HHP’s family and his customary wife Lerato Sengadi rages on as Tsambo senior argues that the customary marriage process was never completed and that the “handing over” of the bride to the Tsambo family did not happen.
He says this was the most important part in his culture as far as customary law marriage is concerned.
These are the arguments Sengadi won in the South Gauteng High Court in October 2018 before the burial of Jabulani.
She said the families celebrated together during the lobola ceremony. Sengadi also argued that a lawful and binding customary law marriage came into existence between herself and HHP in February 2016, the day the two families met for lobola.
In the video below, SABC Reporter, Lopang Alamu tells us more about the court case:
Court ruling on HHP funeral
In October, 2018, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng ruled that Sengadi had the right to interdict the funeral, however he said considering that the funeral arrangements had already been made, the funeral must go ahead in the spirit of Ubuntu.
Mokgoatlheng also ruled that Sengadi may attend the funeral if she wished to.
“I think the court can exercise in these curious circumstance the interdict to stop the funeral is denied. Further to this court has an undertaking from the family of the deceased that the applicant, if she so wishes to attend the funeral, is not prevented from doing so.”
Below is a video of the full judgment:
HHP struggled with drug addiction, depression
Sengadi in court papers filed to the High Court in October 2018 said Tsambo struggled with drug addiction and depression, but refused to check-in to rehab a number of times.
She says Jabba drank excessively sometimes and he even cheated on her.
In the video below, Lerato Sengadi fans paid tribute to HHP at a memorial service at the Newtown Music Factory in 2018:
HHP laid to rest in Mahikeng
HHP was laid to rest in his hometown of Mahikeng in the North West in November 2018.
Sengadi arrived shortly after the start of the funeral service at Mmabatho Convention Centre. She was accompanied by Jabulani’s friends Mo-Molemi and DJ Lemonka, amongst others.
HHP’s childhood friend and fellow artist, Mo-Molemi called upon hip-hop and Motswako artists to ensure ‘Double HP’s legacy is sustained, by helping to groom more artists.
Molemi says ‘Double HP’s legacy should also be sustained by taking care of the Mmabana Arts and Culture Foundation, which produced him, and many other musicians and television stars from Mahikeng.
In the video below, SABC Reporter Nicolene Smalman was at the funeral and shares more: