The father of late rapper, HHP (Jabulani Tsambo) , has gone to the constitutional court to challenge a ruling by the SCA that recognised HHP’s customary marriage to Lerato Sengadi.

HHP committed suicide in November 2018.

Robert Tsambo says customary marriages are being treated as flexible by the courts, unlike civil marriages.


Tsambo is arguing that Sengadi was not handed over to her in-laws and a sheep or goat was not slaughtered and its bile was not used to cleanse the couple as per traditional customs.

In his arguments,  he says it is only after these rituals that sengadi would have been considered HHP’s wife.

In November 2018, Sengadi was recognized as the customary wife by the South Gauteng High Court,  but her attempt to interdict Tsambo from burying HHP was rejected.

This is the ruling that Tsambo is seeking to overturn.

On her part, Sengadi says a traditional ceremony took place at her mother’s house in Soweto in February 2016, on the day of the lobola negotiations and this constituted the hand over to her in-laws.

She also denies that the matter affects all black families.