Even though it’s been two years since actress Mona Monyane‘s seven-day-old baby girl died, the gaping hole in her heart will take a lifetime to heal. Since announcing that she had separated from her husband, actor Khulu Skenjana, after four years of marriage, Mona has been on a journey of wellness and self introspect.
Taking to her YouTube channel, The Power of Wellness, Mona took a deep breath and said: “So, two years ago after seven days, my daughter … my second child passed away in my arms. When that happened, it felt like my entire life stopped. It felt like I had lost complete faith in the idea of a higher power and the idea of God.
Mona added that her loss made her ask herself if she was created to live a happy life and to prosper. “It was one of the most difficult moments of my life, but it was also the first time in my life I allowed everything to stop so that I can interrogate what I was feeling.
“And, when I did that – wow, that’s when I realised that prioritising my wellness was the best thing I could have ever done. Mona explained that at the time of her loss, she was a busy working actress who was very vocal about her pregnancy, even speaking of it with pride.
“I was so proud – I looked amazing, anyway. And although people had so much to say about how soon I got pregnant after my first child, I didn’t care. I was out there just letting them know that this was my body. The actress explained that she dealt with the loss by getting away from it all.
— Power Of Wellness (@MonaMonyane) March 10, 2020
“I allowed nature to be my healer and my teacher. But what I didn’t anticipate was the many amazing and transforming conversations that I would have with various women in the interim. She added that her channel was about prioritising “physical, mental, emotional, ritual and financial wellness”.
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Eighteen months since rapper Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo died, his wife Lerato Sengadi is still in a court battle with the Tsambo family over her status as the wife – according to customary law – of the late rapper. Talking to Eusebius McKaiser on 702, Sengadi poured her heart out about dealing with HHP’s death and fighting for her rights.
My husband was sick – he had a mental illness and he died as a result of the mental illness. The way in which it took him was through suicide,” she said. In everything that has been said about me – this is my first time ever talking about any of this stuff – no one has been honest enough to say that he committed suicide, [they keep saying] ‘It’s alleged’. It’s not alleged – that is what happened as a result of mental illness. Read more