Widows of Mandoza, HHP, Menzi Ngubane & others share their journeys on 'Widows Unveiled'

Meet the cast of 'Widows Unveiled'

24 January 2024 - 12:05
By Joy Mphande
The cast of 'Widows Unveiled'.
Image: Supplied The cast of 'Widows Unveiled'.

Showmax's new show Widows Unveiled is set tfollow the lives of five women who were married to public figures who died, recording their journeys as they navigate the drama and scandal that followed the death of their husbands. 

The cast includes:

  • PR specialist and marketing professional Lerato Sengadi, the widow of Motswako legend HHP;
  • entrepreneur, award-winning philanthropist, executive producer of Nkalakatha: The Life of Mandoza and stroke survivor Mpho Tshabalala, the widow of musician Mandoza;
  • broadcaster and philanthropist Sikelelwa Ngubane, the widow of actor Menzi Ngubane;
  • businesswoman Fundiswa Molefe, the widow of businessman John Molefe; and
  • businesswoman Lerato Maphatsoe, the widow of former deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe.  

“Throughout my journey as a young widow I realised black widows, specifically, have it harder. It's a generational curse and pattern,” Lerato Sengadi said.

“Women can’t speak openly about these experiences; they can’t speak about the pain and the journey to rediscover yourself after loss. That you have to wear all black when your husband dies is just a ‘scarlet letter’ to let people know you're now a widow, so everyone must feel pity for you and avoid you like the plague.”

Mpho said she joined the show to demonstrate how she dealt with the loss and her journey of rebuilding. 

“As widows, we go through various journeys and one of the most difficult is the journey of loss — not only the loss of your husband, but also the loss of everything you built.”

Sikelelwa admitted it took time for her to agree to be part of the show.  

“But I had time to sit and think of [what] I went through since my husband's passing and the things I endured. I know I am not the only woman dealing with the trials and tribulations that come with being a widow. My husband was a public figure, so why can't I tell my story publicly? I also want to show other people it is not only your average Joe who goes through this — we are many. Let me share and tell my story as best I can.” 

Widows Unveiled premieres on Showmax from February 12. New episodes every Monday.