Many of the mzansi famous people who have told the truth about their addiction would love to put that part of their lives behind them, we want to celebrate them for being a motivation to South Africans.
Here are eight of the most inspirational celebs who overcame addiction.
1. Kabelo Mabalane
Not only did Kabelo Mabalane manage to overcome his drug addiction, he changed his life around, found a new passion in fitness and went on to inspire millions of South African to live healthier.
2. Vusi Nova
In 2016, Vusi Nova had allegedly blown R5 million in a period of 10 months, most of which was used on drugs. The money was the inheritance he received when his mother died.
The singer later admitted that the rumours were true : “I wanted to warn others to be aware and avoid falling into the same trap. It was stupid of me and I’m not proud of it. That is why I want it to be a lesson to others”.
3. Kelly Khumalo
The singer and songwriter have been through so much in the media that it is easy to forget how this queen overcame drug addiction to become one of the most popular musicians of our time.
In 2016, she sat down with Sizwe Dhlomo for an exclusive interview called Behind the Story: Kelly Khumalo. During the show, Kelly opened up for the first time about her drug abuse.
4. Riky Rick
In 2015, Riky Rick went onto the Vuzu reality show, I Am, and spoke about overcoming his drug addiction. Riky said that it was hard for people in his position to speak about addiction but he did it just to help inspire someone who might have been watching.
5. Nina Hastie
Popular South African comedian turned television and radio host, Nina Hastie’s story is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to battling with the emotional scars of having been raped at an early age, Nina has also overcame drug and alcohol abuse as well as mental health issue.
6. DJ Sox
DJ Sox was once a drug addict . The DJ and producer whose real name is Mbuso Sokhela, opened up to Move Magazine about his journey to sobriety in 2015.
The superstar DJ moved on to rekindle some friendships that he had lost because of the drugs and also started raising awareness about the dangers of abusing drugs.
7. Hugh Masekela
Legendary Jazz musician, Bra Hugh Masekela rocked the nation in the late 90s and early 2000s when he shared details of his drug and alcohol addiction. After being an addict for many years, Bra Hugh told the media back in 2001 that he had to quit because he realized that addiction had become a “respectable culture” in Mzansi.
The late icon won his battle with the addiction and went on to start a rehab programme, helping other performers to stop abusing substances.
8. Mobi Dixon
32-year-old Mabi Ntuli’s story is one of true inspiration.Known by the stage name, Mobi Dixon, the DJ and house music producer kicked his addiction in 2011. Mobi Dixon has been open about how his addiction almost cost him his music career. But thanks to rehab, the star is now sober and rocking dancefloors across Mzansi.