Young love prevails: The Terry-Ann and Dumisa Mathabathe love story

Inspired by love, Joanne Joseph takes a journey with an inspirational couple who overcame societal prejudices to realise a magical romance. In this episode, Terry-Ann and Dumisa Mathabathe share their love story. Subscribe to the Journeys with Joanne Joseph podcast series, here.

What began as a match-fixing exercise by Dumisa almost 12 years ago – with him trying to fix Terry-Ann up with a close friend, ended with him falling madly in love with her.

I've always sort of stood out not just for having albinism, but for other aspects of my personality and having albinism just amplifies that presence and, a lot of people then tend to stare... So, we stopped dating because high school and then we started dating again, years later.

Terry-Ann Simelane-Mathabathe

But, it didn't come without its challenges.

It started becoming very evident that this is not going to be easy... Dumisa's very shy, very drawn towards himself and, now he was thrust in this public spotlight against his will and, that was a bit difficult for us to navigate because I was like, I can't change the fact that people stare at me. I think, it was, for us... one of our biggest hurdles.

Terry-Ann Simelane-Mathabathe

The couple reflect on societal pressures, resistance from family members and, making it through the stillbirth of their first daughter, Azaria.

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