IN ISIZULU the proverb, induku enhle igawula ezizweni, (love is found in faraway places) proved true for Siyabonga Ngcobo and his mlungu bride, Tania Mohns.

The two met and fell in love during Tania’s holiday visit to a resort in Port Shepstone in 2008.


Siyabonga (33) said he was bitten by the love bug the minute he laid his eyes on Tania (28).

“He just came to me and told me that he loved me. I felt the same, I guess. It was love at first sight.”

When Tania’s holiday ended she went back to Germany but the two love birds kept in touch. Three years ago Siyabonga relocated to Germany and the two live with their five-month-old baby in Edison, near Hannover.

This week the couple, with about 20 family and friends, flew over 9 500km for the coming together of the two in a traditional ceremony held at Siyabonga’s small village of Murchison, near Port Shepstone, south of KZN.

There was ululation and whistling as the villagers, excited at having the first ever white mlungu makoti, could not contain their excitement.

Siyabonga said: “Saying I am happy is an understatement. I am over-excited.”


whiteSpeaking through a translator, Tania’s mom Astrid Mohns (54) said when her daughter first told her of her love for Siyabonga, she was worried by the distance between Mzansi and Germany. “But I gave her my blessing.”

Siyabonga’s mum, Nontuthuzelo Ngcobo (51), said what happened was God’s plan.

“When Siyabonga told me he was in love with an mlungu girl and wanted to marry her, I didn’t know what to say. I was shocked and excited at the same time. Today I am the happiest mother as you can see.”

Siyabonga’s uncle said they are very happy, but they won’t be able to communicate with their makoti as they do not speak good English or German.

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