TV personality and actress Ntando Duma has joined the slew of celebs who are not afraid to talk about the horrible memories of growing up in an abusive home.
Looking back, Ntando still remembers watching her father turn her mom into a punching bag. This has remained stamped in her mind for several years.
“I can still remember some of the things that happened, now,” Ntando said in a recent interview with Times.
It was quite unfortunate growing up with a father who indulges in too much alcohol. He would drink and come home upset. Eventually, he would turn to his family beating, unleashing his alcohol-inspired anger on them by beating them.
“My father was an alcoholic and used to drink a lot, he was very abusive. The most tragic thing is me and my siblings would often cry because we were seeing him beating our mother, and he would then beat all of us too,” actress Ntando Duma recalled.
The ordeal got terribly bad when one day, her father set their shack on fire after getting drunk as usual.
“We used to live in a shack in Soweto and one day he came home really drunk and instead of knocking and asking for us to let him in, he set the whole shack alight. We were inside. We had to call an ambulance and neighbours to help us.
“It was so horrible. We were screaming. My mother threw us all out of the WINDOW and then she tried to find a way out for herself,” Ntando relived.
It got to an extent that Ntando’s mother had to send them away to Orange Farm when Ntando was only six years old. She didn’t want her children to grow up in the midst of such abuse. Thus, they were raised by their grandmother and often visited by their mother.
The abusive dad later passed away in 2008 when Ntando was 13. Afterwards, her father’s relatives stepped in and helped Ntando Duma through school.