Mpela’s ex commits suicide

Divorced couple fought over assets

Television actor Fezile Mpela’s ex-wife has committed suicide after battling depression.

Natasha Mathebula-Mpela allegedly hanged herself in her parental home in Rabie Ridge, Tembisa, in Gauteng early on Friday morning last

Natasha had recently vacated her matrimonial home in Northcliff and moved to the township to live with her mother and relatives.

She was buried outside Tembisa after a low-key funeral that was held at Rabie Ridge Church on Friday.

Although it was not clear what caused her depression, Natasha and Fezile had been fighting like cats and dogs since their divorce.

At the time of her death Natasha and Mpela, pictured, were fighting over the division of their joint estate, including their Northcliff pad.

In August Mpela applied for a court order in the high court in Joburg to force Natasha to disclose her assets after she allegedly refused to do so.

In court papers filed by his lawyers, Stephanie Aproskie Attorneys, the former Isidingo and Generations star said he and Natasha married in community of property in 2014. They divorced last year.

Meanwhile, Sunday World photographer Tiro Ramatlhatse was attacked by mourners who confiscated his camera and removed his memory card when he was taking pictures of Fezile seated next to Natasha’s casket.

Natasha’s family declined to comment.

By Ngwako Malatji

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