Cape Town – Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, says she will celebrate her 12-year sobriety on August 11, 2022.
Zoleka took to Instagram to make the announcement.
She shared a photo of herself smoking a cigar 10 years ago, as she reflected on how she took her first cigarette drag at the age of 13 and her last one in 2012.
Zoleka also described how she began drinking at the age of nine and smoking her first cigarette at the age of thirteen, all in an attempt to numb her suicidal thoughts after being sexually and physically abused from the age of four until her adolescence.
“This image of me sucking on a cigar (10yrs ago) is an abominable reminder of my smoking days, had my last cigarette in 2012 and my first one at the age of 13. I had my first drink at the age of 9 and my last one and the last cocaine binge at the age of 30. I’m so excited about celebrating my 12th year of SOBRIETY on the 11th of August, I literally can’t wait” Zoleka wrote in an Instagram post.
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Picture: Twitter / @ZolekaMandela
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo