Friday's episode of I Blew it documented Nthabeleng from Welkom. Nthabeleng's mother died when she was 10 years old. She then went to stay with her older sister before moving back home at age 14 after being kicked out for being unruly. She dropped out of school in grade 11 after falling pregnant.
She and her baby's father did not get along and she ended up staying with a Zimbabwean man that she had a child with. While he was home she got into an accident with her other boyfriend. She woke up after 10 days and was in a wheelchair for a year before she started using crutches, which she still uses today. The Zimbabwean boyfriend did not want him back.
While playing cards with other women in the shade she received an SMS telling her that she has won 1.5 million. She couldn't make out the numbers and she peed herself from shock.
After her winnings she bought a house and Polo TSI for R500000, the rest was for alcohol. Nthabeleng had many friends and many called her Harriet Khoza due to her new wealth. She spent R47000 on clothes from Sportscene and is still proud of the fact that they called her Mrs Redbat at the time.
She bought a salon for R50000 but later closed it down after it failed. She then bought Two Toyata Tazz that she used for meter taxis. After lockdown hit the cars lost their profitability so she left that business though she kept the cars.
She sold her TSI after her child lost the key. She was uninterested in getting a new one and paying for the programming of the car. The Tazz started breaking down and she became uninterested in fixing them so told herself that she still has legs and she sold them.
Nthabeleng was drinking everyday when she suddenly realized that her money was running out. She took out the R100000 that she had invested and squandered it.
Once all her money disappeared her friends left her as well. The people who owe her evaporated and one even blocked her everywhere. She lives off Sassa grants and says she's okay. She says she feels she disappointed her family and she regrets having friends.
She says that her children are now dirty because the friends who would bath them are no longer there. Everyone laughs at her now she says.
Stories on I blew it have a similar theme: Get money and squander it on women, alcohol and friends. Once the money is gone everyone leaves you to your poverty. This is no coincidence. Let's learn from other's mistakes when our time comes.
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