CELEB WATCH Nomzamo’s dark­est hour

Ac­tress opens up about her bat­tle with de­pres­sion and her cousin’s sui­cide

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AC­TRESS and me­dia per­son­al­ity Nomzamo Mbatha has for the first time ad­mit­ted that she bat­tled with de­pres­sion. In a can­did in­ter­view with Ma­paseka Mok­wele on SABC2’s Motswako, the It Girl said she is plan­ning on do­ing ev­ery­thing in her power to help other peo­ple through her foun­da­tion called The Light­house.


This rev­e­la­tion comes to light after she opened up about los­ing her cousin, whom she re­ferred to as her sis­ter, after she took her life due to de­pres­sion. Nomzamo high­lighted that de­pres­sion needs to be taken se­ri­ously and ma­te­rial things won’t chase it away.

“For those who may or may not know, de­pres­sion is a men­tal dis­ease. Any­one who is suf­fer­ing from it can only see dark­ness and no fu­ture,” she once tweeted. On a se­ries of tweets last year, the ac­tress said, “I felt more heart­bro­ken for my aunt who had lost her only child, only for a stranger to claim that ‘she wasn’t loved enough’.”

This was in re­sponse to some­one on so­cial me­dia who said about the pass­ing of her cousin Carla, “RIP Carla, I’m so sad your fam­ily never loved you enough”.


Nomzamo was frank enough to ad­mit that she wanted to confront the girl who claimed that Carla was never loved enough.

“I wanted to confront her, but then I thought, no. Be­cause it is eas­ier for peo­ple to speak on things that have never hap­pened to them,” she said, adding that she en­vied the in­sen­si­tive girl be­cause “she has in­cred­i­ble sis­ters, who are beau­ti­ful. I’ve had to bury two of my sis­ters.”


How­ever, Nomzamo also opened up about the tur­moil that she was going through at the time of her cousin’s pass­ing. “I was bro­ken for my­self be­cause Carla’s face was the last thing I would see be­fore fall­ing asleep, and the very first thing when I woke up. I may be on ev­ery so­cial me­dia plat­form post­ing about all the won­der­ful things that I’m achiev­ing, but I am bro­ken inside,” she tweeted.

“I’m shar­ing this for those who have lost loved ones from sui­cide. It never gets eas­ier.”


On the day that Carla was sup­posed to turn 22 years old, Nomzamo went on so­cial me­dia to re­mem­ber what they once shared and wrote, “Per­haps what I miss most in the past two years is wak­ing up to your face next to mine. The smell of your hair and the sound of your laugh­ter. You made me be­lieve in the magic of birthdays and what joy they should bring.”

Ac­cord­ing to Health24.com, de­pres­sion is a med­i­cal ill­ness which af­fects one’s mood, body, thoughts and feel­ings. How­ever, the article is quick to point out that there are many dif­fer­ent types of this ill­ness.

Ef­forts to get com­ment from Nomzamo were fruit­less as her man­ager kept drop­ping the call.


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