Bitter and twisted

By Drum Digital
27 October 2011

Together they made a striking pair: he’s a hotshot actor who’s known for his good looks as well as his TV career, while she’s the gorgeous granddaughter of the beloved Madiba.

But there was clearly more to Zoleka Mandela and 7de Laan’s Sekoati Tsubane’s charmed life than met the eye. It has now emerged that behind the glam romance was a dark and troubled life apparently riddled with drug abuse that spiralled out of control.

In a heart-rending interview, the granddaughter of the revered former statesman has painted a distressing picture of what really happened in this apparently perfect union.

But Sekoati has now come out firing, angered by the way he has been treated by his former lover.


Sekoati rejects recent allegations that he’s battling with heroin and crack addiction. To prove his case he went for a drug test as soon as the story surfaced.


Speaking to Sunday World, Zoleka opened up about her battle with drugs. She admitted that drug abuse was the reason for her break-up with Sekoati. She says they used crack and heroine, but when she realised the danger of substance abuse, Zoleka says she confided in her family, who supported her through her rehabilitation.

Read the full article in DRUM, 3 November 2011.

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