Bonang throws shade at sunny Queen’s Plate

2018-01-07 07:24
Dressed in a silk pantsuit, Bonang Matheba was a sight for sore eyes at this year’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate in Cape Town. (Photo: Lerato Maduna)

Cape Town - The guests at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate horse racing festival in Cape Town blamed the sweltering heat for media personality Bonang Matheba’s cheekiness towards actress and fashion designer Enhle Mbali Maphumulo at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Saturday.

Upon arrival, Matheba went to the event’s floral signage to take photos.

While photographers snapped away, Enhle also went over to the huge Q to take pictures.

“Let’s just wait for the young lady to finish,” said Queen B, who is the same age as Enhle.

“Such shade,” Enhle retorted.

The two continued to strike poses while journalists chuckled among themselves.

Dressed in white and blue, the festival’s guests gossiped over glasses of champagne and plates of carpaccio.

Matheba was dressed in a light blue silk pantsuit and disappeared before anyone could ask her about her recent break-up with rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes.


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Last Friday, Forbes tweeted: “Myself and Bonang have decided to call it quits. I feel like I need to put this out there so we can both move on. I wish her all the best and I will always love her.”

However, his follow-up tweet on New Year’s Eve confused his fans: “I don’t care what anyone has to say. I don’t care about the public. I’m not going into 2018 without you. @bonang_m.”

Celebrities who attended the flashy event this weekend included actress Nomzamo Mbatha, TV personality Maps Maponyane, radio personality Tumi Voster, former cricketer Herschelle Gibbs and media presenter Leigh-Ann Williams.


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Mbatha looked regal in a silk top and massive skirt designed by local designer Vanessa Gounden for a New York Fashion Week collection.

The ensemble was specially imported for the Queen’s Plate, the first high-profile event on this year’s social calendar.

After cementing her place in the global entertainment industry last year, Mbatha said she wanted to try her hand at producing.

“A friend and I are in the pre-production phase of a short film. We’ve got an amazing writer,” she told City Press.

Mbatha completed her accounting course last year and said that, although she had a challenging year, she was happy she would soon reap the fruits of her labour.


Enhle was dressed in a fluffy, pastel blue mini dress designed by a friend she went to fashion school with.

Paired with lilac hair and leather loafers, she put a playful spin on the event’s dress code.

“She made this dress for today’s event,” Mbali told City Press.

“She started yesterday and finished today. I think it’s cute and playful. We tend to be a little too serious at these events.”

Mbali shared her excitement about the news that her husband Black Coffee has received a DJ residency at the Wynn Las Vegas resort in the US and has also been billed to perform at Coachella, an annual music and arts festival in California.

“I think the confidence of South Africans has dropped over the years. When something like this happens to a South African, it gives all of us confidence.”

Mbali said she left soapie Broken Vows for reasons she wasn’t willing to share, but promised to make a big announcement in the next few weeks.

When City Press asked whether she and her family would move to Las Vegas to be with Black Coffee, she said: “We don’t know. We’ll take things as they come.”


The crème de la crème of South Africa’s entertainment industry mingled in the exclusive Stud Club marquee, which boasted a five-star menu for R1 300 a head.

While some crowded around the track and the screens to watch the races, the horses were merely a distraction for most.

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is a more traditional and less frantic version of the annual Sun Met race, which is due to take place in Cape Town on January 27 at Kenilworth.

Once the formalities came to a close, guests were entertained by DJ pH, who recently returned from a show in Europe.


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