A few weeks after celebrating their first wedding anniversary, a black gay couple who sparked criticism when they tied the knot in a rare traditional gay wedding, are now firmly behind Julius Malema’s EFF party.
Tshepo and Thoba Sithole-Modisane have been on the campaign trail for the EFF party while looking for a surrogate mother.
“We are both EFF members and we support what the party stands for,” said Tshepo.
He said not only did the party support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed people, it also had policies that dealt directly with the homosexual community.
Thoba is a Joburg-based IT specialist from Shakaville, KwaDukuza, and Tshepo an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The pair exchanged vows last year in front of 200 guests at the Stanger Siva Sungam community hall. Their traditional Zulu and Tswana wedding was billed as a groundbreaking ceremony, which attracted hordes of uninvited curious locals. It also sparked criticism from Zulu cultural and religious organisations.
Earlier this month Tshepo was the guest speaker at the EFF’s first gay seminar.
In celebration of their anniversary, their wedding will be broadcast on TV this week.
On their quest to find a surrogate mother to bear them two children, Tshepo said they had received several offers from women across the country.
“But we want to take our time and follow the right processes and make the right choices as well.
“There are legal implications regarding having a baby via a surrogate.
“We hope to have our first baby in the next two years of our marriage,” he said.
The couple also denied weekend reports that they had split amid physical abuse allegations.
“The reports were malicious and nothing but a fabrication of lies - devoid of the truth,” said Tshepo.
The couple recently returned from celebrating their first anniversary in Germany, Canada and London.
“We are a happily married couple excited about the future and we have no plans of ever getting divorced,” said Tshepo.