Zoleka Mandela opens up about being a victim of abuse as a child

Zoleka Mandela opens up about being a victim of abuse as a child

- Writer and activist Zoleka Mandela opened up about how she was abused growing up by people she trusted

- Zoleka said that she would often blame herself for the treatment she received from the people who took advantage of her

- She is now focused on loving herself and has found healing although it has been a long journey

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Zoleka Mandela has shared some painful memories from her childhood. Zoleka, Nelson Mandela's grandchild opened up about the unfortunate times she had growing up. She spoke for the first time about being a victim of sexual abuse when she was a young girl.

Taking to Instagram, Zoleka shared a picture of herself as a child and the writer just let the words flow:

"This is me as a child, I spent decades blaming myself, believing that all the sexual abuse by both the men and women in my life, I deserved," said Zoleka.

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She painfully expressed how she felt responsible for what happened to her. She said that since the picture she shared had been taken, she suffered abuse from people in her life that she trusted.

Zoleka Mandela opens up about being a victim of abuse as a child
Zoleka Mandela opens up about being a victim of abuse as a child from people she trusted. Source: @zolekamandela
Source: Instagram

She shared how she had thoughts of suicide and that she used drugs to numb the pain:

"I’ve hated myself so much that my many suicidal attempts, were an attempt at ending a life I didn’t deserve, so much that my addiction to sex, drugs and alcohol was an attempt at numbing the self hate I felt for decades because I was desperate to feel something good," she wrote.

At the end of her post, Zoleka said that she is now doing better and she loves herself. She said that she is self-love, worthy and a fighter.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Khoza brothers, Abdul and SK talked about starring in a new telenovela together. The long-awaited telenovela Kings of Joburg premiered on Netflix on 4 December 2020 and Mzansi television fans were excited about the hype. The Khoza brothers, Abdul and SK were super excited to finally be starring in a series together.

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SK took to Instagram and shared a video of himself making a toast with his brother, celebrating the series' release. Kings of Joburg is a six-part series that dives into African masculinities and families.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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