- Thapelo attended a Father and Son Sleepout recently
- He praised the initiative and said dads should show more love to their kids
- He called for a 'national discussion' on fatherhood
Actor and TV presenter Thapelo Mokoena has bemoaned the phenomenon of absentee dads and called for a 'national dialogue' on fatherhood.
Thapelo made his views known after a Father and Son Sleepout at the Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium in Pretoria recently, Briefly.co.za learned.
He posted photos of himself and his son at the sleepout on Instagram with the caption:
A super refreshing time at the #FatherandSonSleepOut yesterday. Big Up @vodacom Red, @vodacomrugga & #BullFamily50k for the invite & experience.
Speaking to Times Live, Thapelo said:
I wish that this initiative could be more than just a Loftus stadium initiative. It’s a national discussion. Fathers are not present in their sons’ lives. How do we reconstruct this?
The popular actor recalled how a hit-and-run accident he suffered two years ago made him appreciate how important he is to his son.
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The one thing that stayed with me was that life is too short. My son was one year old then. I was travelling quite a bit.
Imagine if my life was lost in that accident? I now realise that this life thing we live is all about one thing only – love and happiness. For me it would be traumatic if I get to work so hard and not spend quality time with those I love.
Thapelo urged fathers to spend more time with their sons so they can grow up with compassion, respect and a culture of working hard.
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