Tin Tin puts sav­age beat­ing be­hind her

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IT’S been five years since Tino­pona Kat­sande shared hor­rific pic­tures of her sav­age beat­ing by her then boyfriend Brian Mun­jodzi and the for­mer Stu­dio 263 ac­tress and ZiFM per­son­al­ity says she has healed from the whole ex­pe­ri­ence. Tin Tin, as Kat­sande is pop­u­larly known, was al­legedly beaten up by Mun­jodzi be­cause she asked him to help do the dishes while she did the laun­dry. Mun­jodzi was freed on $100 bail on a do­mes­tic v i ol e n c e charge. Tin Tin posted pic­tures of her swollen face on so­cial me­dia and the im­ages im­me­di­ately went vi­ral, draw­ing con­dem­na­tion for the at­tack and of her for shar­ing her per­sonal is­sues with the pub­lic.

As the na­tion joins the world in com­mem­o­rat­ing 16 days of ac­tivism against gen­der based vi­o­lence, Tin Tin shared how she felt dur­ing the time in a Face­book post.

The tal­ented ac­tress said she was dis­mayed at the vit­riol that was spewed at her on so­cial me­dia par­tic­u­larly from women.

“Five years ago my then boyfriend bru­tally phys­i­cally as­saulted me. I was ashamed em­bar­rassed and called names. I felt vul­ner­a­ble, ex­posed and be­lit­tled. So­cial me­dia was awash with women lam­bast­ing me for speak­ing out against this abuse. I was told I should keep such things to my­self be­cause that is what my cul­ture dic­tates. You (my fel­low women) called me ‘h***’, ‘stupid’ and ‘de­serv­ing’ of such treat­ment,” said Tin Tin.

She said al­though sad­dened by the on­line mock­ery she picked her­self up and moved on with her life.

“For the life of me I couldn’t un­der­stand where all this venom was com­ing from. At that mo­ment I was com­pletely bro­ken. But, like in ev­ery dark sit­u­a­tion, the light be­gan to peer through. I sought per­sonal and pro­fes­sional help,” said Tin Tin.

“The coun­selling and sup­port I re­ceived from other women and or­gan­i­sa­tions gave me the strength I needed to move from a vic­tim to a sur­vivor. I found the strength to for­give all and I ac­quired the wis­dom to see the big­ger pic­ture. I stopped fo­cus­ing on the petty and honed in on the pro­gres­sive which has now be­come syn­ony­mous with my char­ac­ter.”

Tin Tin said as part of her heal­ing process, she set up an or­gan­i­sa­tion to help women speak out when they have been abused.

“To­day I run my own or­gan­i­sa­tion SpeakOutHandin­yarare a non profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on elim­i­nat­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence through aware­ness cam­paigns car­ried out through cre­ative skills in cre­ative spaces.

“Funds gen­er­ated from th­ese aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties are for the con­struc­tion of safe houses in Zim­babwe which serve as an ac­tive re­sources cen­tre for vic­tims to sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” said Tin Tin.

As part of ef­forts to raise funds for her or­gan­i­sa­tion, Tin Tin has de­cided to go back on stage and per­form a one woman play, ‘Hot Wa­ter Bot­tle’ at Theatre in the Park in Harare next Wed­nes­day.

Tin Tin was last on stage six years ago when she per­formed the same play writ­ten by renowned play­wright Noel Mar­erwa.

“I haven’t been on stage or mas­tered a script in al­most six years so my nerves are def­i­nitely do­ing scales. Peo­ple should come sup­port not only me but help re­alise a dream to build a safe house for abused women.”

The play fea­tures Tin Tin as Mia, a young lady who de­cided not to tol­er­ate un­faith­ful­ness from her hus­band and finds so­lace and love from a Hot Wa­ter Bot­tle.—@ bon­ganinkunzi .

Tino­pona Kat­sande

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