Paul Mashatile

Paul Mashatile weds Humile Mjongile, the widow of his pal Songezo Mjongile.
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Life goes on? Paul Mashatile trolled for marrying friend’s widow

Deputy President Paul Mashatile has been trolled for marrying his friend Songezo Mjongile’s widow, after delivering a eulogy at his funeral.

Paul Mashatile

Paul Mashatile weds Humile Mjongile, the widow of his pal Songezo Mjongile.
Images via Twitter

The ink on Paul Mashatile’s marriage certificate to wife Humile Mjongile has barely dried, but South Africans are already questioning the motives behind the deputy president’s union.

The happy couple tied the knot in a traditional wedding ceremony over the weekend. Both Mashatile and Mjongile are both widows after losing their spouses in 2020.

But tweeps are raising eyebrows over Paul’s link to his wife’s late husband…

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In 2020, Paul Mashatile’s wife, Manzi Ellen Mashatile, died in July 2020 after contracting Covid-19.

His now-wife’s late husband, former ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile died just three months later after a battle with colon cancer. At the time, Paul was the treasurer of the ANC.

Interestingly, Paul and Songezo were both ANC colleagues and friends, and the former even delivered a eulogy at his pal’s funeral, reported Daily Sun.

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Over the weekend, pics of Paul and Humile’s intimate wedding ceremony went viral. According to his spokesperson Keith Khoza, a larger celebration for the newlyweds is on the cards.

It’s unclear when the couple began dating, although reports state that they attended the wedding of Tokyo Sexwhale and Nataxa Da Silva in November together.

Paul’s nuptials occurred just days after he was sworn in as SA’s new deputy president.

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Meanwhile, Twitter users are sharing their comments about Paul Mashatile marrying the widow of his late friend.

While many concurred the adage that “life goes on”, many admonished the politician for moving on quickly. Others compared him to former president Nelson Mandela and the late rapper AKA.

Here are what tweeps had to say:

@Am_Blujay: “Maybe my morals are too much, but in a world full of women, why are you marrying a colleague and friend’s widow.”

@Tonia_Mosotho: “He’s walking in Nelly M’s footsteps. It’s a presidential move.”

@KuxSuave: “Marrying a friend’s widow is a tad too close for comfort … There are unwritten rules in life.”

@tindofish: “One thing for sure, this relationship never started after the husband died, which puts into question even the death itself.”

@joy_zelda: “So The ANC members pretend to be your friend while you are alive. And even show support during your death and later marry your wife, sies.  Paul Mashatile is trash. He should have chosen someone else, yet Songezile’s widow. What pure disrespect to him.”

@MandelaMinutes: “Paul Mashatile was in love with his friend’s wife while he was alive, I think.”