Like Ntshumayel­o, be honest about your woes


Thandani Ntshumayel­o’s interview with Lesedi FM’s Thuso Motaung brought me to tears. For the first time I heard someone being so brutally honest about his past and helping youngsters not to fall into the same trap of booze, drugs, false friends, women and generally living life in the fast lane.

That lifestyle brought his promising soccer career to an abrupt end.

Although he confesses that his career has bought him his heart’s desires in cars, a house and taking his dad to medical school, but at his age there was still more in store for him to achieve.

But as we all know, the first step to healing and solving a problem is by accepting that it does exist. A lot of money, especially at a young age, will inevitably attract bad company which departs during tough times.

Ntshumayel­o, unfortunat­ely saw all this when his soccer career dissipated. He was alone for six months – indoors and drowning his sorrows in alcohol.

After Pirates discarded him, a short stint with Baroka FC was followed by another short-term contract with Swallows FC before disappeari­ng into oblivion. I have no clue where he is right now. You are doing your life a huge justice when you listen to your parents, elders and teachers’ advice on how to conduct yourself according to society’s standards and norms.

May God help Ntshumayel­o and all who suffered the same fate to realise our God is a God of second chances. Samuel Radebe, Heilbron, Free State

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