Mark Fish: Demons made me do it

2014-11-23 15:00

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Mark Fish blames paranormal activity for his troubles

Former Bafana Bafana hero Mark Fish knows exactly what to blame for his recent health scare, infidelity, boozing and money troubles – evil spirits in a haunted house.

He, his fiancée Salomé Janse van Rensburg and their two young children moved into a rambling house on the banks of the Vaal River near Parys in Free State about two months ago.

At the time of his heart attack scare two Saturdays ago, the family had already moved in temporarily with a friend in Vanderbijlpark. They are now living with Janse van Rensburg’s mother in Pretoria.

When City Press’ sister publication, Rapport, visited the couple on Thursday at the house near Parys, Fish asked: “Do you believe in spirits?

“We had a medium here. Religious people. The evil spirits attacked us,” said the former Bafana defender.

Since they fled the house, its owner has moved all their possessions into the garage. But Fish denied there were any money problems involved in their departure.

“We told the owner the house was haunted and we had to get out. The place was not for us,” he said.

Attempts by Rapport to contact the owner were unsuccessful.

The lush garden with its own boathouse, jacuzzi, Bali-style lapa and infinity pool overlooking the river looks more like a paradise than a hellhole.

“If we got two hours of sleep a night here it was a lot,” said Janse van Rensburg.

She is now as thin as a rake.

“I don’t always look like this. I lost 3kg when Mark was in hospital. We have been through hell.”

She, too, felt strange “presences” in the house. She felt that someone was watching them.

“People who don’t believe in spirits won’t understand,” said Fish.

He said he started drinking again while he was living in the house.

“I never used to drink every night. Here, I was in a dark place. I was part of a spiritual war.

“You have to change your ways to see the light. Perhaps it was my own demons. I have always been my own greatest enemy,” he said.

Fish denied rumours that his heart scare was related to drugs. When asked about these allegations, he looked uncomfortable.

“You can test me for drugs if you like,” he said.

The couple had already moved out of the house at the time he was rushed to hospital.

That night, at their friend’s house, he made a confession to Janse van Rensburg. They were still picking up the pieces of their six-year relationship after she discovered he had been unfaithful.

“I decided to tell Salomé everything that night. She knows I cheated on her in April, but that night I had to get everything off my chest. She’s not a bully, but that night she took out all her anger on me.

“The next minute she saw my eyes rolling back. My lips were blue. I told her I was okay, but she was terrified. I’m still okay.”

Fish then talked about muti and witchcraft.

“Do you understand things like that? When we moved in here it was calm, but within a week, everything changed.”

He said Janse van Rensburg’s eyes had lost their sparkle. Then, at night, they began hearing noises like doors slamming.

“We are tested every day, but here we were tested in the most horrific ways,” he said.

They decided to leave. This is the ninth time the couple has moved in six years, but Fish insisted he was not in financial trouble, as has been rumoured.

He admitted he was not paying school fees for his two older children from his ex-wife, Loui Fish. He said he could not meet all his financial obligations.

Fish works as a match analyst for SuperSport but his contract ends in April next year.

Janse van Rensburg is a stay-at-home mum.

“We are coping,” she said, deferring most questions about money to her fiancé.

Fish said: “I grew up in poverty. I made a lot of money, but I’ve wasted a lot. My happiness now lies with Salomé and the children.”

Tests at the Vereeniging Medi-Clinic revealed there was nothing wrong with his heart.

The soccer hero said he now realised he could not fight his demons by himself.

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