Fashion designer and stylist Ephraim Molingoana, who organised all the clothes and jewellery – shoes, outfits for the bride, the groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids and relatives for both the traditional and white weddings, flights for some service providers including make-up artist and hairstylist – is said to be having a headache because of the debt.
The wedding that was dubbed “the wedding of the year” attracted the who’s who of South Africa’s political scene, including President Jacob Zuma, former national police commissioner Bheki Cele, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet, Mac Maharaj, Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.
Kodwa, 43, wed Zama Ngubane, 27, in Durban in December last year.
Model-turned-fashion designer Molingoana confirmed that Kodwa owed him R183,700.
“I am owing a lot of people for Zizi’s wedding. Every day I receive phone calls from people who want their money.
“I feel helpless. I have been begging him to pay me, with no luck. The dumbest thing I did was not to ask for a deposit because I trusted him …”
Molingoana said Kodwa only paid him R5,000 two weeks ago after he begged him to pay. “He sent me an SMS telling me he would pay me but that I should be patient.”
A Europa Art Shoes manager confirmed that Molingoana owed them R12,000 for Kodwa’s wedding shoes.
Kodwa is now the Marketing Manager at Gauteng Film Commission, in what other political commentators described as ‘demotion’ from the Presidential spokesperson post.
Recently, he had a fallout with his pal Fikile Mbalula, Sport and Recreation Minisiter which has led to two old buddies not seeing eye to eye, especially with Mangaung 2012 Elections beckoning.
According to close and reliable sources at GFC, the latter is too bossy and and at times does not have a clue what his mandates entails.
Attempts to solicit comment from Kodwa proved futile.