We live in such a cold and wicked world to an extent that we have to be careful of who we live with in our homes especially when we have little ones. Lebo M and his ex-wife had suffered a traumatic incident which was enough to break down the entire family. Though now it’s being labelled as a stunt to gain sympathy from the public.
18 years ago the Lion King producer’s son Thembalethu who was 14-months-old drowned in a swimming pool of his Dainfern home. It was then discovered that he was sodomised before he met his tragic death.
Confirming the existence of the autopsy report was Lebo M’s niece Tshepo Mboni who said that he was devastated when he discovered that Thembalethu had been raped before being left to drown.
Going on to give details of the tragic incident Mboni said Lebo’s then-wife Nandi Ndlovu left Thembalethu under the care of their helper and went to attend a funeral in Kwa-Zulu Natal, while he (Lebo) was conducting Lion King auditions in Melrose Arch, Joburg.
Thembalethu’s body was found floating in the swimming pool by the helper who immediately notified Ndlovu and Morake. The helper was later arrested and found guilty of negligence by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court and released when she paid a R3 000 fine.
In all these years many didn’t know that the toddler had been molested until earlier this year when Lebo M broke the news to his children and close relatives. Unfortunately, after breaking the news to his family one of his close relatives went to leak the autopsy report which confirmed that the toddler was sexually molested.
The post-mortem report which was compiled by Dr Jeanine Vellema was seen by Sunday World and a part of it reads: “I have examined the body of a black male baby on 18th day of August 2003 at the Medico-Legal Laboratory Johannesburg beginning at 08h20. That the chief post-mortem findings in the case were: The body of a well-nourished, black male toddler, with pulmonary autopsy features in keeping with the given history of drowning.
“In addition, there was evidence of anal injuries, consistent with those of recent sexual assault. Anal tissues taken for histological examination revealed evidence of recent, acute traumatic submucosal haemorrhage.”
Though these shocking revelations were discovered, no perpetrators were apprehended and the well-known producer still seeks answers as to what happened on that faithful day. “My uncle believes that someone out there knows the truth about what happened to his son and that person is hiding it.
“That is why he always breaks down and cries every time he talks about Thembalethu. He believes that Thembalethu, who would have turned 19 years this year, deserves justice and as a father, he thinks that he is failing him by not getting to the bottom of what happened to him.
“He needs to know whether it was a gardener, a family friend or neighbour who did this to his child. This person is out there probably molesting other children and he needs to be found and be brought to book,” said Mboni.
However, Lebo M’s ex-wife believes that he’s trying to use their son to garner public sympathy because of the negative publicity his reality show has been attracting.
“This is a sensitive matter, why bring it up now 18 years after the death of my son? I was put in a mental institution after the death of my son because as a mother I couldn’t take it,” she said.
Ndlovu said she has found closure and would not support Morake’s attempt to reopen the investigation. “The maid was arrested tried and convicted for this. That is why during the trial I asked the court not to send her to jail because that was going to destroy her. I also believe that she had learnt from her mistake.
“So, what is this man trying to do to this woman now? Can my son rest in peace, please!” she said.
Meanwhile, Lebo believes that there’s a cover-up on what really transpired. Hmmm, such a terrible incident, hoping all parties involved get all the healing they need.