And although it might not be easy, when our public figures open up, it gives someone out there strength.
It’s not so long ago that Thando Thabethe launched a social media campaign called #MakeItStop to bring awareness to domestic violence in South Africa and after the death of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena it left South Africans shocked and peaked in the #MenAreTrash trend that featured gender-based violence thereafter came along the #1in3 and the #BreakTheSilence hashtag and now recently there has been a trending hashtag called #MeToo which also gives survivors of abuse speak out on their redemption stories in order to help others to speak out, we highlight celebrity abusive redemption stories.
Although this shouldn’t be just a trending topic but an everyday topic as in every six hours in South Africa, a woman faces a near death experience or is killed by her partner, some of our favourite celebrities have gone through it too and have played their part as public figures to open up about their experience.
South African superstar and singer Kelly Khumalo was abused by Molemo Maarohanye better known as Jub Jub Kelly Khumalo had spoken out about her abusive and social media was flooded with pictures of her busted lip and bruised nose after their altercation exposing the abuser.
It seems social media is a great platform to speak out as actress Nokuthula Ledwaba took to social media to speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace when she was just 19 years old in the acting industry and was harassed by a then 30-year-old married man who was also in the industry.
Poet Ntsiki Mazwai revealed on Twitter that she also had been raped by Kwaito artist Brickz. The poet shared a post on Twitter saying “I was also raped by Brickz and captioned the tweet #BreakTheSilence.
Musician Busisiwe ‘Cici’ Twala was also one celebrity who was allegedly a victim of domestic violence in the hands of a man in the industry Arthur Mafokate, the singer posted a picture on Instagram of her scar after her operation sharing her story the singer said “pelvic replacement op. #BreakTheSilence”
Thembisa Mdoda broke her silence on Instagram about her alleged abusive experience during her relationship with Atandwa Kani and how she sought help from actress Rosie Motene and got advice and strength to fight for her and her children.
Pastor Pushie Watson spoke out on the Great Escape on Metro FM about her experience about her being abused when she was in her 20's by a boyfriend.
Gospel star Lebo Sekgobela has been a victim of two cases of rape when she was 6 years old and thereafter when she was 11 years old, the gospel sensation shared her story in the April issue of True Love Magazine this year.
Generations actress, Letoya Makhene went through 9-years of an abusive marriage to her ex-husband, Privilege Mangezi, Letoya told True Love Magazine that her ex-husband became insecure when she began taking care of the household.
Actress Nyalleng Thibedi is also a survivor of emotional and physical abuse in the hands of her ex-partner.
Mshoza speaking to Drum magazine, revealed that she was dragged on the floor by her ex-boyfriend and added that she thought that he would kill her.
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Actress Amanda Du Punt has been a victim of rape under the hands of her ex-boyfriend, speaking to Grazia Magazine in 2016, Amanda encouraged other women to speak out and that they shouldn't feel ashamed.
Skeem Saam's Ceilia Kunutu aka Shoki Sebotsane has spoken out about the physical abuse she experienced at the hands of her ex-husband Sello Sebotsane.
Actress Tsholo Matshaba who was also allegedly a victim of physical abuse on the hands of her baby daddy actor Dingaan Mokebe.
Media personality Khanyi Mbau speaks on being physically abused by her ex-husband Mandla Mthembu in her book . In her book Bitch, Please! I'm Khanyi Mbau, she discloses how she hit while pregnant and also being beaten until she bled.
People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) 011 642 4345
LifeLine: 011 422 4242Seek medical help, can take a toll on your mental health so the sooner you talk the better. Report the matter to the police and break the cycle of abuse.
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