Puleng, Queen of Dainfern

2012-11-18 17:34
Gabisile Ndebele, City Press
Johannesburg - New Come Dine With Me darling Puleng Mash-Spies says she hammed it up for the cameras.

Some called her a "dumb blonde", others branded her "stupid" and others had enormous fun mocking her when she showed up on TV on Monday night.

Meet Puleng Mash-Spies, the self-styled "Queen of Dainfern".

She pronounces "sorbet" as "strawbet", thinks guacamole is a salad, named her dog Hermes after her favourite bag-design house, and can only walk in heels – preferably R15 000 Christian Louboutins.

The 30-year-old, who won't eat any fish other than hake and doesn’t know what line fish is, made her debut on BBC reality show Come Dine With Me South Africa.

Mash-Spies, who on the show pointed to one of her heels, proclaiming it cost enough to feed an entire "African village", granted City Press an interview at her "R4.5m" home in a posh northern Joburg security estate.

Peppered with her favourite phrases - "Shut the front door!" and "What the fudge?!" - Mash-Spies, who auditioned for the show, insisted she only turned on the bimbo act for the cameras.

"Okay I don’t know what a barracuda is. No, my husband does love my African hair - although he prefers seeing me in a weave because he met me wearing one and doesn’t mind paying for it. It was all for the show," she said.

"I am black ... I eat prawns, caviar and like kotas. I am just an ordinary kasi girl, just playing dumb."

But it might be too late for her to resurrect her image after many took to Twitter to poke fun at her.

Former Miss SA Jo-Ann Strauss tweeted: “I think we need to print #ShutTheFrontDoor T-shirts and use the proceeds to fund Puleng’s new R15K shoes.”

Talk show host Eusebius McKaiser was even bitchier: "I don’t know what’s a line fish’ Puleng. Haha. Conclusion: access to money correlates little with social status."

On Wednesday morning, Mash-Spies met us at her front door, clad in a purple mini, yellow jacket and pink six-inch heels – perfectly made up with blue contact lenses and a glass of red wine in hand.

The housewife and mother of two spends time "chilling with friends" or "watching cooking shows because I love cooking".

Raised in Sebokeng in the Vaal, Mash-Spies – who cooked samp, stew, pumpkin, spinach and feta for her dinner guests – is one of 11 children.

She married at the age of 17.

"This is my second marriage, I was first married to an average guy but was divorced by 25. A year later I met my current husband and we have been married for four years," she said.

"I married young because my father was so strict and used to say, 'Puleng don't be like a cigarette, because boys will puff and pass you, then ash you out like a stompie'."

Her husband – whom she will only describe as an "Afrikaner in his 40s" – owns two fast food outlets. On TV she described herself as a "restaurantra".

She "retired" at the age of 24 after two years working in "cosmetology" – or make-up.

Her typical day includes being woken up just before 10:00 with a glass of wine, going out in her Range Rover to meet friends for lunch, cooking, and helping her sons with their homework.

A tour of her walk-in closet reveals designer shoes, bags and expensive clothes.

She's strong on religion too. She and her husband belong to the Zion Christian Church.

"I wear long skirts, a doek and my heels to church and we go to Moria every year. Although I don't go as much as my husband because the prophets like to tell me to stop drinking," she said.

The couple also have their own charitable foundation, the Rethabile Children's Fund, for which they "collect toys from all these rich people here and we give it to less fortunate children all around the country".

Asked if she’s ever been compared to Khanyi Mbau, Mash-Spies says: "I know Khanyi and I like her, but I am nothing like her."


  • rbphiri - 2012-11-18 17:49

    “I am black ... I eat prawns, caviar and like kotas. I am just an ordinary kasi girl, just playing dumb.” You were not playing dumb! you are dumb!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-18 22:44

      Don't think they get dumber than this bimbo!

  • rbphiri - 2012-11-18 17:50

    And she had the blue eye contact lens on, to further reinforce that she is a black blond.

  • louise.clarke.1069 - 2012-11-18 17:54

    Eish...khanyi mbau, nonhle thema and now puleng mash-spies...who next?

      rbphiri - 2012-11-18 18:43

      zuma takes the cake

  • peter.horn.3576 - 2012-11-18 17:58

    Money does not buy brains nor class

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-18 18:19

    I never miss the show I was very annoyed she showed SA in a bad light!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-11-18 18:44

      I would rather take my snail for a 10 000km walk than watch that rubbish.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-18 19:05

    There are many women and men like her in this country and they can vote. Are you surprised that the ANC is in power

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-11-18 19:36

    where the hell are these fools, uneducated, and ignorant getting all these money? I mean, some of us we work hard and there's no way we can compare with this dumb's financially.

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2015-03-18 13:27

      When i watched that episode i asked myself the same question. How the hell does a Bimbo like earn so much and i struggle financially with my masters.....*Go figure

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-11-18 20:15

    My word what show is this....???? Never heard of it...and I agree some of us work so bloody hard and never even match these dumb idiots money!!!!! Crap this is so ridiculously unfair!!!!!!!!!

      mashadi.matjila - 2012-11-19 06:39

      She married a rich man dear

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-11-18 20:17

    @RPhiri I agree she's plain dumb...LOL!!!!!!!!

  • michelle.meth.5 - 2012-11-18 21:25

    She was highly entertaining.... That's what the show is all about!

  • SMIL3Y - 2012-11-19 03:26

    Haha puff and pass. Killer!

  • SMIL3Y - 2012-11-19 03:29

    She has a fan page on Facebook. Lol wtf(fudge). Hahaha.

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-19 06:36

    All I can say is SHAME!!I actually felt embarassed for her.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-19 07:33

    Hey guys, stop with the hate speech. BBC selected her for a reason. She made the show fun. Thank you but hey, you are a bit doff. Not black, not white, not rich or poor ..... Just doff.

  • avuyile.ramncwana.5 - 2012-11-19 08:42

    I loved her,she was so entertaining,got them some of their best ratings ever and was the number 1 trending topic on SA twitter. Not sure if she was fakin or not bt certainly got everyones attention!

  • Gill McCain - 2012-11-19 09:27

    I just felt sorry for her, obviously she received zero education and her only self worth comes from spending her husbands money on changing her body, hair, eyes and so on into a being a black Barbie doll. Very sad case, compounded by the very fact that her husband is a member of the very race that condemned her to the poverty she is still trying to escape from. Her poverty which once was financial but is still evidenced by her ignorance and neediness will never be overcome.

  • shanksle.me - 2012-11-19 11:32

    I was embarrassed to be a South African when I saw the show! I mean, rooting through someone's rubbish bin - SERIOUSLY?!!!! Then making a fuss of the fact that he bought cold meat from the store!!! There are no words for that one!! She was "clever" enough to land a rich man, but I'd much rather be poor than be as base, vapid and devoid of grace as she is!!! On the flip side, kudos to the BBC for picking controversial people to give your ratings a boost! It was awfully painful though, to watch the show, I was tempted many times to change the channel but was rivited by the lack of class and "cheapness" of that woman - it was like watching a train-wreck, you REALLY wanna look away but can't help stare at the disaster which is unfolding in front of you! This isn't a race issue, it's a class issue and it's true, money can't buy you class, you either have it or you don't!

  • nkululeko.nd - 2012-11-19 11:55

    hahah just love it Queen Of Dainfern hahahahah and we had Khanyi mbau Queen of Bling and Nonhle Thema QUeen of Beauty u name it#Puleng

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-19 11:59


  • jennifer.hunter.144 - 2012-11-19 21:08

    Since when is being a bimbo a crime? Lighten up - she was entertaining!

  • thando.tshongweni - 2012-11-21 10:29

    This lady is a classic case of what not to do, whether it's acting blonde or being an actual blonde. Don't do that, misrepresent black women like that. Disappointing, whatever the thinking or lack thereof.

  • Malose Gwangwa - 2013-03-18 11:31

    I admit, I cringed as well when seeing her antics but like with many of the social fractures we have had to deal with in RSA it demanded a closer look. So I looked a bit deeper at the fabric of who she is and she has grown on me. At first glance and looking through the same eyes we would like to compare Africa with the rest of the world with; she seemed rough and a tad uncultured but I am glad I know a bit more about her background and back story cause she ROCKS! So everyone must just "SHUT THE FRONT DOOR". Your lives can't be THAT interesting.

  • Danie De Waal - 2013-07-21 20:00

    The "Queen of Dainfern" stays in one of the cheapest houses in Dainfern

  • Thembelihle MaSiba Dlamini - 2013-09-18 20:06

    i love u puleng regardless let da haters hate

  • Rebecca Gugulethu - 2014-01-02 16:25

    She's really D-E-N-S-E!

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