They had a mutual friend who was in Thandeka’s class and lived around the same residence as Randolph.
Thandeka would see Randolph only when they were both spending time with this mutual friend. After a while, Randolph followed Thandeka on Instagram, and she says he DM’s her “the corniest message” before asking for her cell number.
It was on WhatsApp that Randolph asked her on a date, which was in June 2015. Their first date was filled with “natural chemistry,” but unfortunate timing led to them not speaking for four years after that first date.
Thandeka reached out to Randolph after she saw a family bereavement on their mutual friends’ social media. He accepted her condolences but also wanted to make up for lost time with her. They officially started dating on 24 February 2019.
They knew they loved each other in the first week they spent together and Thandeka says the only reason they aren’t getting married now is because he is working on getting his business off the ground. “We want to be comfortable in our careers,” she says.
See the emails below:
Here is his initial request:
Twitter users were so touched by the sweet gesture that they started sharing the emails and congratulating the couple.
The couple is now living at a place that's officially their own - not the initial place where Randolph had invited Thandeka as they moved out of that place last November.
“Marriage is certainly something on the cards,” says Thandeka. When Randolph asked to post these emails, Thandeka didn’t expect it to get the kind of traction it did.
“I thought it was just going to between our mutual friends,” she says.
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All images supplied by Thandeka Tyobeka.