Mshoza: What suicide attempt?

2011-12-17 12:26

A frail but defiant Mshoza has a message for her fans: “I love you guys and I ain’t trying to die any time soon!”

In a brief interview with City Press on Friday, the former kwaito child star denied she had tried to commit suicide on Monday, as widely reported. From her hospital bed at the Life Cosmos Private Hospital in Witbank, a pale Mshoza said “people must stop lying”.

This week news broke that the 28-year-old who calls herself “Mshoza bozza, queen of kwaito” had taken an overdose of pills and landed in a coma.

The starlet, who lives in Witbank with construction and mining mogul husband Jacob Mnisi and their two children, has been the talk of the town for the last few weeks after boasting to the media about spending a small fortune on skin-lightening treatments.

Two weeks ago, she told Penny Lebyane on her show, Motswako, that she was “happy” and aspired to be as “white as Christina Aguilera”.

But things took a turn for the nasty this week.

According to family spokesperson Alex Matsimane, a close friend of Mnisi’s, “we still don’t know why she tried to kill herself”.

“Jacob no longer lives with his wife. He left their R3.5 million house to stay with a friend but he said he would go back in due course,” said Matsimane.

Married for four years, the couple had an acrimonious separation earlier this year with both accusing each other of infidelity. After getting back together, they declared their eternal love for each other. But this week Matsimane painted a different picture.

“Jacob said he left the house because his wife was doing things he did not like. Although he would not tell me what they were, he did say he wasn’t looking to divorce her.”

Matsimane said the starlet left Witbank last Friday afternoon for her skin-treatment appointment in Joburg but stayed for the weekend.

“At about 3am on Monday she came back; nothing seemed off, she looked fine. Then we got a call from the helper later that day saying she wasn’t looking well,” said Matsimane. He took her to hospital, where he “paid R50 000 in cash”.

Mshoza woke up on Tuesday “dazed and confused because even she didn’t know what had happened or where she was”.

Matsimane said they were given strict instructions by doctors “not to allow her to talk about the incident” until she had seen a clinical psychologist.

By Thursday when City Press went to Witbank, she was out of danger. “But due to the dose and type of pills she had consumed, her kidneys were affected and she had low blood pressure,” said Matsimane.

Mshoza told City Press on Friday she was waiting to be discharged and that she was “feeling good”.

“I’m ready to go home. My fans should keep the spirit. Mshoza is not dying any time soon. She’s living to entertain you.”

Additional reporting by Lucky Nxumalo

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