THE new mother was overjoyed.

She had just given birth . . .


And now a life of love and laughter has turned to ashes for Johanna “Jojo” Louw-Manyisa and her husband Oupa, captain of Orlando Pirates.

Soccer sources told Sunday Sun the baby’s illness was sudden and short.

A source says the bereaved couple is struggling to cope with the unexpected tragedy which has shattered their happiness.

“They’re devastated. It’s a pity, Jojo badly wanted the baby to cement their relationship.

“Oupa is trying so hard to be supportive, despite all the drama they’ve been through.”

Another source told the People’s Paper the couple was trying to keep the death of their baby under wraps.

“I don’t know why they’re keeping it a secret, because they need all the support they can get in these trying times.”

This source added: “I know they’ve been keeping it a secret for the past two weeks. They don’t want to talk about it in the media.”

When the SunTeam asked her to comment, Jojo said: “Why do you want to write about my child’s passing away? Why you want to write about my child?

“You never wrote anything about me when I was pregnant. You never wrote anything about me giving birth. Please, speak to Oupa. I don’t want to talk about it.”

But when the People’s Paper called Oupa Manyisa, he refused to comment and hung up the phone.