Cape Town – South African actress, producer, and writer, Sonia Mbele has opened up about the abuse allegations levelled her against her son, Donell Sedibe, releasing a statement in which she reassured Reokeditswe Makete that she still has the actress’ “love and full support”.
Makete, who is Donell’s girlfriend, took to Instagram to upload photos of the injuries received from Donell’s alleged abuse.
She further alleged that Donelle was logged into her Instagram account and deleted her posts in which she shares the injuries she sustained.
“Donelle is logging me out of my accounts and he’s deleting all my posts because he wants everyone not to see what a bad man he is,” she said as she cried in a video she posted on Instagram.
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Choosing not to remain silent, Sonia released a statement on the issue involving her son and his girlfriend whom Sonia treated as a daughter.
Read the statement here:
I woke up this morning to a different world, a world I thought I had long buried. From the age of 17 to 26 I was with a man who was abusive, physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
I’m mentioning this so that you understand that as a woman who has suffered ALL kinds of abuse, I do not stand for, support or condone such stance. These are struggles I’ve spoken about extensively in my early career to encourage other women in similar situations.
I not only welcomed Reokeditswe Makete into my home, but I treated her her as a daughter and worked with her in support of her career in the entertainment industry, and right now I would like to reassure her that she still has my love and full support.
As a mother I wish she had come to me to inform me on what was going on because finding out on social media broke my heart. I’ve always been there, I’ve been supportive.
I now realise I should have taken preventative measures much earlier such as counselling and/or child therapy, but sometimes the mistake we tend to make as African single mothers is to assume and hope that things will work out for the best, meanwhile certain past behaviours can affect generations to come.
That said, Donell will face his demons and take accountability for his actions and let the law take its course. I refuse to raise a man like his father. Rehab, therapy and internal healing will prevail.
Thank you, South Africa
— Sonia Mbele (@TheeSonia) November 23, 2022
Picture: Instagram/ @thee_sonia
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin