Zoleka Mandela opens up

Zoleka Mandela opens up

Jun 11, 2017, 05:41 AM

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Nelson Mandela's granddaughter has been vocal about her struggles. She has survived breast cancer, drug addiction and sexual abuse.

In a recent interview with Anele Mdoda, she opened up about some of the surprising things she's been through. 

Zoleka admits that she started drinking alcohol when she was just 9 years old, "I had uncles who were buying alcohol, I used to steal cigarettes from my grandfathers bodyguards and I used to steal weed from a relatives pockets as a young girl."

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She then went on to say that she felt it was okay to steal because she knew she would not get confronted for it, "if they would confront me, I would expose them so I got away with a lot." 

"I started doing hard drugs at a later stage, there were times when I purchased drugs for myself but most of the drugs I used were from the men I dated, I dated drugs dealers and men who were also drug users." she added 

Zoleka checked herself into rehab and she has been sober for the past 6 years.


Image credit: Instagram/zolekamandela

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Katlego Molubi

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