Lerato Sengadi on her court battle with HHP’s family: “It’s emotionally, spiritually and physically draining”
Lerato Sengadi. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
She has held back from speaking about the battle between her and her late husband’s family. But Lerato Sengadi recently decided to open up about the pain she has endured since the passing of rapper Jabulani "HHP" Tsambo to 702 radio presenter Eusebius McKaiser.
“It’s emotionally, spiritually and physically draining,” she said.
“It has been a very painful 18 months where I have had to deal with legal issues while grieving, I’ve had to put my healing on a back burner.”
Lerato said black widows have always been treated unfairly.
“Black widows have been treated in a vile and inhumane way for decades. This conversation is important because at some point we need to say enough is enough, “she said.
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“I was at least supposed [to have been] consulted on what the burial process was, instead his corpse was stolen and he was buried without me seeing him. How [do] I deal with that; how do you recover?” she added.
Lerato said HHP’s body was taken by the family and she was never involved in the planning of the funeral.
“He was buried where he did not want and buried within a manner that he didn’t want. I need to grieve the loss of my stepson who is taken away from me [sic]. I don’t have closure and it’s closure I’ll never have.”
All she is concerned about at the moment is finding closure and winning the legal battle.
“I have to deal with getting that for myself. It starts with me having my rights, that’s the most important thing right now, my husband's legacy,” she added.
Speaking to DRUM about the court battle, the Tsambo family spokesperson, Nkululeko Ncana said that the family believed that a judge from a different court would deliver justice.
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“Firstly, it is nonsensical and absurd to suggest that anyone is being taken to the SCA. It is important that we familiarise ourselves with due process in order to state things as they are. The facts are hereunder: The Tsambo family was granted leave to appeal judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng’s ruling in 2018 at the South Gauteng high court,” he says.
“We have exercised this right in law because we believe the honourable judge erred in his ruling and that a different court may look at the facts in hand and find differently. We have full confidence that the SCA will deliver justice.”