Kylie Jen­ner

Ka­belo Ma­bal­ane is telling ad­dicts they can beat the habit – and he knows, writes Liam Karabo Joyce

Pretoria News Weekend - - CELEB -

AWARD win­ning kwaito star, ac­tor and au­thor, Ka­belo Ma­bal­ane of TKZee fame, is shed­ding light on sub­stance and drug abuse with a new tele­vi­sion show.

Ma­bal­ane shot to fame in 1996 when his mu­sic group, TKZee re­leased their their de­but al­bum.

Although the group have not re­leased new mu­sic since 2009, they have been per­form­ing at var­i­ous events re­cently, in­clud­ing the Idols SA fi­nale last week.

“When the three of us get to­gether it’s al­ways a good time, we re­ally do have fun. I mean we all went to school to­gether, we have been friends for ages and we love per­form­ing to­gether,” he said.

Ma­bal­ane, with his former band­mates, are also in the process of putting to­gether a biopic of their group.

“We are work­ing on a pro­ject, a TKZee biopic, that’s some­thing I am very ex­cited about. While we do that we will also be per­form­ing again at dif­fer­ent events around the coun­try and we do have a plan to make new mu­sic as a group.

“How­ever, we want that to hap­pen as or­gan­i­cally as per­form­ing again hap­pened. We just per­formed ear­lier this year at some­one’s party and we kept at it af­ter that, it just hap­pened, so new mu­sic must also just hap­pen,” he said.

About his new show, Kick It, he said say­ing yes was a no-brainer.

“The Gaut­eng Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment saw that we are in big trou­ble, not only in Gaut­eng but in the en­tire coun­try. Drug ad­dic­tion and sub­stance abuse is a huge prob­lem in our coun­try and the idea for this show came about to shed light on how big of an is­sue we are deal­ing with and to show the ef­fects of sub­stance abuse and how it af­fects all of us,” he said.

Ma­bal­ane said when he was ap­proached to host the show, he did not hes­i­tate: “I un­der­stand

is the “new Rob” Kar­dashian of the fam­ily. Khloé Kar­dashian met up with the rest of her fam­ily and some pals for din­ner for their E! real­ity show and slammed her half sis­ter, say­ing she is be­com­ing just like her brother.

When asked by fam­ily friend Larsa Pip­pen if Kylie was join­ing them, Khloé scoffed: “Yeah, right. Kylie’s the new Rob.”

Kylie has shunned the spot­light af­ter news broke that she is re­port­edly ex­pect­ing her first child with Travis Scott. what ad­dic­tion is first hand, be­cause I was ad­dicted to drugs. I know the pain it causes and I know how hear­ing other peo­ple’s sto­ries can change your own. For me it’s about shar­ing my story of hope.”

He also said that although do­ing a show like this was not dif­fi­cult, it was not easy ei­ther.

“I have been clean for 16 years now, so I am at a place where I have slayed my demons. I have prac­tised my prin­ci­ples for staying clean for years now.

“Of course it was not easy at first, but I re­sisted all temp­ta­tion. So I am go­ing into these en­vi­ron­ments from a po­si­tion of strength. That does not mean that the sto­ries I hear don’t af­fect me,” he said.

Ma­bal­ane has been hon­est about his drug ad­dic­tion, which started with al­co­hol and mar­i­juana and then co­caine. His ad­dic­tion was so bad he once went on a binge, snort­ing co­caine for four days. The binge saw him be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal by his friends and his life was saved.

“I think that be­cause I have been so open about my story, it has made the peo­ple we look at on this show more open to en­gage with me, they are very re­cep­tive. I also know what they are talk­ing about, so even when they tell me it’s hard to stop, I some­times scold them be­cause I know it can be done,” he said.

“There is stigma at­tached to drug ad­dic­tion. We want to sweep it un­der the car­pet and not face the real­ity of the is­sue.

“If we start talk­ing about it and ed­u­cat­ing each other, then we can start fix­ing it.” ● Kick It airs on SABC 2 ev­ery Fri­day at 8.30pm.

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