Single dads’ army: ‘I was struggling to provide food and clothes for him’

2017-06-18 06:01
DJ Prince Kaybee with his son Katleho. Picture: Instagram

DJ Prince Kaybee with his son Katleho. Picture: Instagram

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Kabelo “Prince Kaybee” Motsamai, 28, says he doesn’t want any credit for raising his nine-year-old son Katleho, 9, alone, because he’s only fulfilling his responsibilities.

A single dad since he was 19, he has relied a lot on his own mother, Amanda, whom he still lives with in Welkom in the Free State.

“My mother takes all the credit,” he says.

Although his job as a DJ is demanding, he ensures he bonds with his son whenever he is home.

“I am close to my son. He calls me Tau,” he says.

Katleho, he says, is a responsible young lad.

“Even though I want to help him bath and do his homework, he always wants to do everything for himself.”

Katleho was only one when his parents broke up and he goes to his mum during school holidays.

Motsamai says his son doesn’t know any other women in his life: “I’ll introduce a woman to him the day I decide to marry her.”

Motsamai, who dropped out of high school, says it wasn’t easy to take care of his son when he was unemployed, but he didn’t expect raising Katleho to be a walk in the park.

“I remember at some point I was struggling to provide food and clothes for him. One day I looked at him, he looked unhealthy and he was too skinny.

"I was heartbroken because there wasn’t anything I could do then,” he remembers.

His family couldn’t help much because his mum was unemployed and his father had died. He tried to look for a job, but nothing came along.

“I had tried everything, so the option I had was to pack my bags and run away from home to be a street kid, because I was tired of watching my mother and son starve.

"I knew that I had to move out of my comfort zone and do something,” he says.

Motsamai was homeless for three years, but started to DJ at different nightclubs – and that’s when his life changed for the better.

“I did this for my son,” he says.

In 2015, he got his big break in the music industry. His debut track, Better Days, is a reflection on his life.

“I hope my son doesn’t become a DJ. Starting a career as a DJ isn’t easy at all, it comes with its challenges.”

But two things he learnt from his father that he would like to pass on to his son, are to “know God and to stay grounded”.

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