In 2018, fitness influencer Sbahle Mpisane was involved in a horrific car accident that almost claimed her life after a late night out with her friends. She crashed her blue BMW 4 series into a tree in Durban.
The daughter of businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize was hospitalised for months and is still in the process of recovery and learning to walk after she spent weeks in a coma and months in ICU.
It has taken her three years to get back into fitness and recovery and Sbahle has shared the challenges of her journey on social media.
Sbahle opened up about having suffered amnesia after her head injury, and being unable to walk as both her legs were broken, saying members of her family and friends needed to introduce themselves to her after waking up from ICU.
She started a YouTube channel titled ‘Sbahle Mpisane’s Visual Book’ where she shared details about her life and fitness journey with YouTuber Owamie Netshivhazwaulu.
In one of her interviews, she opened up about events that happened before and after her accident and how grateful she is to be alive.
“I forgave the person because they didn’t do it intentionally. I will never bring their name up.”
In a recent interview titled AMNESIA l Itumeleng Khune, Friends, Alcohol, A tell-all, Sbahle spoke about her relationship and breakup with newly married footballer and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and said that she truly did not remember him being her boyfriend after the accident until she was reminded by family.
“To be honest, I don’t remember that past, the beginning part. All I remember is that we used to speak every day on the phone while I was in the hospital. I enjoyed it, I didn’t have many visitors and I didn’t have my phone because I would be posting. We used the hospital landline,” she told Owamie.
Sbahle says she appreciated the attention because she did not have many visitors coming to see her and had no access to her cellphone.
Sbahle adds that when she was discharged from the hospital, she called off the relationship after Khune cheated with his now-wife Sphelele Makhunga and he did not make time for their relationship.
“When I was in the hospital, he had a hun he was busy with. When I left the hospital it kind of became difficult to see him. When I left the hospital, I felt like a virgin again. So, I decided that we should break up in peace, and I was happy. I was very relieved when we broke up,” she says.
“He was a good person during my time in hospital, but I broke up with him because he couldn’t give me his time and I wanted his time. I also knew the girl he was busy with – it was the wife.”
Sbahle implied that even before her accident he was not fully faithful. “He is a guy, he has always been a guy.”
She says dating Itumeleng, who is a public figure, also came with a lot of pressure.
“We didn’t decide to go public, it just happened. I think posting, either way, he was fine with him.”
In a live Instagram video, Sbahle has since confessed to lying about forgetting that she dated Itumeleng during the time she had amnesia.
She says the pressure was too much and she lied to get people off her back after they kept asking her about the relationship instead of her health and wellbeing.
“I only said that because obviously y’all wanted answers unnecessarily. I was going through a very fragile state, and I just felt like that was not something to focus on and for y’all to be bombarding me with. I just said amnesia, I don’t remember him," she says.
"Obviously, I do remember him. I spoke to him every day whilst in hospital. He would come to visit me, a lot. We were cool and everything.
"In relation to people saying: ‘Aah, she remembers everything, but she doesn’t remember Khune.’ I was just fooling y’all, nothing much. Sonke we must play each other. Instead of people giving me peace, they ask stupid questions. I said amnesia."
She went on to say that she and Khune parted ways amicably. “We spoke and broke up. Nothing bitter."