The Real Housewives of Durban star, Nonku Williams, has had to deal with the success of the show whilst facilitating the change in family dynamics, as her daughter recently reconnected with her late father’s family.
The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD), currently airing on Showmax every Friday, gives insight into the lavish lives of some of the city’s most prominent women. Nonku Williams, who immediately became a fan-favourite, has shared aspects of her businesses and the vulnerable moments with her daughter, Nothile, whom she shares with late gospel star, S’fiso Ncwane. In an interview with JustNje on Wednesday, 24 February 2021, Nonku opened up about how her daughter has dealt with reconnecting with her father’s family in the public eye.
1. Your storyline with Ayanda immediately stole focus, were you aware that you would be meeting her on the first night?
Nothing could have prepared me for that night where I would be sitting at a table across “The Ayanda Ncwane!” Imagine my surprise, and being the person that I am, I could not continue with small talk with her and pretend I did not know her or that there was no history between us, even though it wasn’t direct.
2. Did you have any pre-existing friendships with any of the women?
I was invited to a Diwali dinner by a friend, Thobe. I had never met any of the other ladies.
3. This show hasn’t just affected your public life, but it has also changed the dynamics of your daughter’s life – what has that been like?
I’m amazed at my daughter’s level of maturity. She’s handled this whole thing with such poise. She hasn’t allowed any of the publicity to change her and her outlook on life. She’s still the same humble girl I raised. I’m so proud of her.
4. How did your daughter feel about meeting her dad’s family on the show?
The meeting between Ayanda, her sons and Nothile was incredible! Nothile received them very well, and she and the boys just hit it off from the first contact.
5. Do you believe that all the other women are considerate of the sensitive relationship between you and Ayanda?
The other ladies might have felt awkward on the first night at Diwali, as everyone was sceptical on what to say or not to say.
6. What has been the most surprising thing that you have learned about yourself after watching the show back?
As I watch the episodes each week, I marvel at the spiciness I bring. People are always telling me how I hold nothing back and just say things as they are, but to actually see myself doing that on TV was spectacular. I truly do speak my mind.
7. What was the intention and goal behind joining the show, and do you think you have achieved that?
My intention in joining RHOD was definitely to develop my brand, Ashes to Beauty (which the public will know about very soon), which comprises the winery and the journey I have experienced, which I believe God allowed me to go through in order to heal many people, especially women, through my storytelling.