The family of the late rapper HHP have told his “wife” Lerato Sengadi to get lost.
In a fiery statement released yesterday, family spokesperson Nkululeko Ncana shot down suggestions that Sengadi was HHP’s (real name Jabulani Tsambo) widow.
“I would like to put this matter to rest and categorically state on record that Ms Sengadi is not, and was never married to Jabulani. She is not his wife!
“Ms Sengadi is Jabu’s ex-fiancée and moved out of his home and his life on her own accord last year. She and her mother were requested to desist from spreading this falsehood.
“As things stand, the Tsambo family reserves its rights should Ms Sengadi continue to peddle these falsehoods.”
Ncana confirmed that Sengadi and her mother went to HHP’s Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, house on the day of his passing and requested among others, the deceased’s policy documents, bank cards, wallet and cellphone.
“We as a family trying to grapple with Jabulani’s death found this extremely outrageous and insensitive, to say the least,” Ncana said.
He added that Sengadi and her mother returned to the deceased’s home on Saturday as they had not expected HHP’s father and aunts to be there.
“Ms Sengadi demanded house keys that she is not entitled to. Before arriving at the house, she had also demanded that Jabulani’s domestic worker send her a picture of the medication [the helper had been administered by a doctor after she discovered the star dead in his bedroom].”
Sowetan has learnt that during the surprise visit things boiled to a heated argument between HHP’s father, Robert, and Sengadi – who was reduced to tears when he refused to acknowledge her.
“For the first time, Jabu’s father told Lerato and her mother to their faces: ‘Jabu is my son. I know his things. Don’t you think if he was married I would know? Jabu does not have a wife. Jabu was never married’,” Sowetan was told.