So many women across the border are victims of emotional and physical abuse… and although it might not be easy, when our public figures open up, it gives someone out there strength.

And although it might not be easy, when our public figures open up, it gives someone out there strength.

It’s not so long ago that Thando Thabethe launched a social media campaign called #MakeItStop to bring awareness to domestic violence in South Africa and after the death of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena it left South Africans shocked and peaked in the #MenAreTrash trend that featured gender-based violence thereafter came along the #1in3 and the #BreakTheSilence hashtag and now recently there has been a trending hashtag called #MeToo which also gives survivors of abuse speak out on their redemption stories in order to help others to speak out, we highlight celebrity abusive redemption stories.

Although this shouldn’t be just a trending topic but an everyday topic as in every six hours in South Africa, a woman faces a near death experience or is killed by her partner, some of our favourite celebrities have gone through it too and have played their part as public figures to open up about their experience.

Kelly Khumalo


South African superstar and singer Kelly Khumalo was abused by Molemo Maarohanye better known as Jub Jub Kelly Khumalo had spoken out about her abusive and social media was flooded with pictures of her busted lip and bruised nose after their altercation exposing the abuser.

Nokuthula Ledwaba


It seems social media is a great platform to speak out as actress Nokuthula Ledwaba took to social media to speak out about sexual harassment in the workplace when she was just 19 years old in the acting industry and was harassed by a then 30-year-old married man who was also in the industry.

Ntsiki Mazwai


Poet Ntsiki Mazwai revealed on Twitter that she also had been raped by Kwaito artist Brickz. The poet shared a post on Twitter saying “I was also raped by Brickz and captioned the tweet #BreakTheSilence.



Musician Busisiwe ‘Cici’ Twala was also one celebrity who was allegedly a victim of domestic violence in the hands of a man in the industry Arthur Mafokate, the singer posted a picture on Instagram of her scar after her operation sharing her story the singer said “pelvic replacement op. #BreakTheSilence”

Thembisa Mdoda


Thembisa Mdoda broke her silence on Instagram about her alleged abusive experience during her relationship with Atandwa Kani and how she sought help from actress Rosie Motene and got advice and strength to fight for her and her children.

Pushie Watson


Pastor Pushie Watson spoke out on the Great Escape on Metro FM about her experience about her being abused when she was in her 20’s by a boyfriend.