Mzansi Celebs Who've Spoken Openly About Being Sexually Assaulted And Harassed

Sexual assault affects a staggering number of women. Although pinning down exact numbers is no easy task, but the government estimates that one South African is the victim of sexual assault every two minutes. And a growing crop of celebrities are speaking out about their own personal experiences with sexual assault. Here are just a few notable women who are raising their voices.

Andile Gaelesiwe

One of the celebrities who was taken advantage of by the person who was supposed to protect her is Andile Gaelesiwe. The ‘Khumbul’ekhaya’ host  revealed that she was raped by her father.

"So in September days before my bday I got thee traumatic shock of my life when I saw this face on my timeline. Thread. This was my biological father being looked for on this app. More traumatically he was my rapist. The last time I saw this man was when...he forced himself on me. So you can imagine my horror when I see people comment and some even joke re Khumbu and It broke me, I relived," she wrote on Twitter.

Andile is now an activist in the fight against sexual assault and runs an organisation, called Open Disclosure Foundation, which offers help to rape victims.

Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake talked about her rape ordeal.  She revealed that she lost her virginity at the age of 15 when she was raped by a boy  whom she had a crush.

“It was one of those weekends where we had a performance at one of the universities in the Free State and I had borrowed a belt from this boy I had a crush on. When I went to return it at his residence he locked the room and raped me. When I told him to stop he didn’t listen and when I tried to push him away he wouldn’t let me go,” .

The comedian said that she did not report the incident as she was afraid people would ask her what she was doing in his room in the first place. She says the incident left her broken.

Amanda du-Pont

Actress Amanda du-Pont raped by an ex-boyfriend Jub Jub.

“I’d refuse to have sex as I was tired or didn’t feel like it but he’d force himself on me. By then I was falling out of love with him but I still didn’t have the guts to leave. Rape in a relationship is horrible. You don’t understand that a person who claims to love you can violate you like that,” 

Rami Chuene

Actress Rami Chuene was raped when she was six and eight years old by close family friends.

“By the time I found out what being a virgin means, it was already a situation where I thought ‘Ah that means I am not it’. I never got the opportunity to brag like other girls about ‘my first time’ or that I am virgin,” 

Ntsiki Mazwai

Musician and poet Ntsiki Mazwai revealed the identity of her rapist while showing support for one of his victims. “I was also raped by Brickz,” she tweeted during the kwaito star’s rape trial.

Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for raping a teenage girl in 2013. Ntsiki opened up about the emotions she felt after being raped in a song she released in late 2017.

“I finally acknowledged the tremendous amount of pain I have been carrying. I had a spill over. I wept… My only prayer is that Done To Me helps me and other victims purge the pain. I can’t write a happy song when I know I’m shattered inside. I wept from the pain till I wept from the joy of releasing it,”

Khanyi Mbau

In her book, Khanyi Mbau talks about how she was physically abused by her ex-husband Mandla Mthembu. She spoke about being hit while pregnant and also being beaten until she bled. She ended the relationship when she just couldn't take the abuse anymore.

“Abuse makes you angry and needy at the same time. It leaves you feeling schizophrenic.”

“I wrote my book as a trail of my history and origin, defining my destination”

Letoya Makhene

Letoya Makhene opened up about how she was physically abused by her ex-husband for years. Even though the abuse went on for years and made her lose her confidence, she felt too afraid to leave him. After 9 years of marriage, she eventually did left and today she's found new love and seems happier.

“It’s never easy to talk about a painful part of my life but somewhere, somehow I needed to grow and draw strength from the situation. I guess it was part of my healing process”

“I know we live in a world where many woman are in abusive relationships and I felt like I needed to share my story with my people, to inspire them to stand up and take their power back”

Kelly Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo became an activist against women and child abuse when she opened up about her own abuse. She came forward about being physically abused by her ex-boyfriend, rapper and singer Jub Jub. She managed to survive her situation and is encouraging other women to stand up against abuse.

“You are the person to say I will not do this, I will not be treated like this.

 Nyalleng Thibedi

 Nyalleng Thibedi also spoke about her experience with domestic abuse at the hands of her partner. “When someone tells you that you’re unworthy, you’re a good for nothing, by the time the abuse gets physical, they have worked so hard at breaking your spirit, there’s no way it’s not going to affect you,”. She added that she got out of the relationship when she realises she would lose her life.


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