Awww! Here's how five of our fave local celeb couples first met

Book signings, chance meetings and family friends — this is how these A-listers fell in love

14 February 2021 - 00:00 By Sunday Times Reporter
Somizi and Mohale Mhlongo Motaung. File photo.
Somizi and Mohale Mhlongo Motaung. File photo.
Image: Austin Malema via Showmax

1. Somizi and Mohale Mhlongo Motaung

Mohale went to the signing of Somizi's book, Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit — The Somizi Mhlongo Story. He was 13th in the line and by the time he got to the front, Somizi knew he wanted to be with Mohale forever. Mohale posted about the meeting on Instagram and Somizi flirted with him in the comments.

Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
Image: Sunday Times Archive

2. Nelson and Winnie Mandela

She was 22 years old and standing at a bus stop in Soweto when Nelson, married to Evelyn Mase at the time, stopped and charmed her, securing himself a date the following week.

Desmond and Leah Tutu.
Desmond and Leah Tutu.
Image: Esa Alexzander

3. Desmond and Leah Tutu

Desmond was the elder brother of Leah's best friend so she often visited his family home — thinking, at first, that he was shy and looked silly in his cricket whites until she fell in love with him.

Shona and Connie Ferguson.
Shona and Connie Ferguson.
Image: Tshepo Kekana
Siya and Rachel Kolisi.
Siya and Rachel Kolisi.
Image: John Liebenberg

4. Shona and Connie Ferguson

Shona was dropping off friends of Connie's sister Lerato at her house. He saw Connie and it was love at first sight. They were married two months later.

5. Siya and Rachel Kolisi

They met at a dinner party in Stellenbosch and became friends. Eventually Siya plucked up the courage to ask her out, an experience he described as scary because he'd liked her
all along.


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