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Looking back at Dingaan’s alleged abusive relationship with Basetsana

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In her 2019 memoir, Bassie: My Journey of Hope, Basetsana Kumalo reflects on the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Dingaan Thobela

The former boxing world champion known as “Rose of Soweto” was found dead at his flat in Mayfair, Johannesburg flat on Monday, 29 April after battling an illness.

She tells Power 98.7 that her former boyfriend, Thobela beat her up and once pulled out a gun. He aimed the gun at her head and said “he would kill me” if she tried to leave him.

“I had to tell that part of my life. Gender-based violence is rife in the country. It was very important for me to own that part of my life and give hope that I walked away. The best thing is to seek help, speak to church leaders and speak to relatives.”

She also reveals that she was ashamed, when she was asked why she didn’t open a case against Thobela.

“I was a public figure. When I told my parents I knew for sure I had to leave. I knew what love was because my father loved me. If someone says they love you, but they beat you, it just doesn’t add up.”

The former Miss South Africa 1994 is today married to Romeo Kumalo. The pair celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary and 26 years together in 2023.

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