Africa’s first traditional gay wedding: Men make history as they marry in full tribal costume… and say they can’t wait to be parents

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Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole: A Gay Afric...

Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole: A Gay African Love Story (Photo credit: Climbing Kilimanjaro)

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Africa’s first traditional gay wedding: Men make history as they marry in full tribal costume… and say they can’t wait to be parents

  • The ceremony is South Africa’s first traditional gay wedding
  • It included Zulu and Tswana rituals and costume
  • Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithol now hope to have a child

PUBLISHED: 09:06 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:15 GMT, 9 April 2013

A pair of South African men have tied the knot in what is believed to be the country’s first traditional gay wedding.

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol wore traditional tribal costumes for the ceremony, in the town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal,

The newly-married couple, who are both 27 and have been together for three years, made their vows in front of 200 guests.

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With this ring: Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol made history in what was apparently the first-ever traditional African gay weddingWith this ring: Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol made history in what was apparently the first-ever traditional African gay wedding

Love: In this still from South African broadcaster ENCA, the couple enjoy their first married kissLove: In this still from South African broadcaster ENCA, the couple enjoy their first married kiss

The ceremony united traditions from both Mr Modisane’s Tswana and Mr Sithole’s Zulu ancestry, including traditional dancing and the ritual sacrifice of a cow to honour the two men’s ancestors, as well as an an exchange of gifts between the two grooms’ families.

Tshepo Modisane, now Sithol, said: ‘I love Thoba so much, I’m very excited we’re both Mr Sithol.

‘There is an idea that being gay is against being African, but being gay is as African as being black, so it’s part of our culture and we are rooted in our culture.’

The couple have been together for three years and will have a smaller, intimate ceremony in Johannesburg later this yearThe couple have been together for three years and will have a smaller, intimate ceremony in Johannesburg later this year

Vows: The couple now hope to have a child through a surrogate motherVows: The couple now hope to have a child through a surrogate mother

Guests enjoying the wedding. Gay marriage has been legal in South Africa for more than six yearsGuests enjoying the wedding. Gay marriage has been legal in South Africa for more than six years

 VIDEO  FIRST of its kind. See Tshepo and Thoba’s groundbreaking wedding

History in the making: See Africa’s first traditional gay wedding

The two also plan to have children through a surrogate. In February Tshepo told Mamba Online: ‘We are so blessed to have supportive families who care about us. Even though we are gay they still love us.

‘Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children.

‘We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them.’

History: The ceremony included traditional costume, dancing and the ritual sacrifice of a cow
History: The ceremony included traditional costume, dancing and the ritual sacrifice of a cow

History: The ceremony included traditional costume, dancing and the ritual sacrifice of a cow

Lindiwe Dladla, Thoba's mother, says she is very happy that the two have tied the knotPride: Lindiwe Dladla, Thoba’s mother, says she is very happy that the two have tied the knot

Thoba’s mother Lindiwe Dladla is delighted her son has married. She said: ‘I am so happy and I have no worries and I’m so grateful for the gifts from the Modisanes.

‘I wish them well for the future and where they will be living together.’

The Sithols plan to have a smaller ceremony in Johannesburg later this year.

Same-sex marriages have been legal in South Africa since 2006. It is the fifth country, the first in Africa, and the second outside Europe, to legalise it.

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