Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions as we delve into the tragic story of Lebogang Motsumi and her late musician lover, Zombo.
This tale of heartbreak and resilience is one that needs to be shared far and wide, for it serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of HIV awareness.
Lebogang, an author, international speaker, MC, facilitator, and HIV and Teen coach, has been living with the virus for years.
Her journey began when she crossed paths with a popular singer, Zombo, who unknowingly infected her. Little did she know that her life was about to take a devastating turn.
As a fun-loving but naive 17-year-old, Lebogang found herself caught in the whirlwind of fame and excitement.
She went clubbing and caught Zombo’s attention, oblivious to the weight he had lost due to his own battle with HIV. In her young and desperate mind, she could only envision the headlines proclaiming her pregnancy with Zombo’s child.
After communicating with Zombo over the phone, they decided to meet up and had unprotected sex.
This single act led to Lebogang contracting the virus and becoming pregnant. However, when she revealed the news to Zombo, he denied any responsibility, leaving her in a state of shock and despair.
Desperate and feeling trapped, Lebogang made the unthinkable decision to attempt an abortion in her third trimester. This tragic choice resulted in the premature birth of her baby, who sadly did not survive.
Lebogang firmly believes that she contracted the virus from Zombo, as they slept together after the burial of their son.
It was only later, when Zombo appeared on a live TV show with Arthur Mafokate, that he revealed his own HIV status and admitted to intentionally infecting others.
Before the show aired, Zombo reached out to Lebogang, urging her to watch it. This cruel act of manipulation further deepened the wounds she had already endured.
Lebogang’s story serves as a stark reminder of the importance of education, awareness, and responsible behaviour. It is a call to action for us all to prioritize our health and to treat others with compassion and respect.
Let us honor Lebogang’s bravery by sharing her story and working together to create a world where no one has to suffer the same fate.
We spoke on the phone for a couple of days and planned to meet, he came to my house cause I was living alone at the time. We had unprotected sex and I really didn't mind cause I had a plan. #BeyondSilence #Letstalk— I'm Still Here! (@Motsumilebo) December 5, 2023
We had sex everywhere and anywhere, mostly in his white golf 1. I remember the wife would call me to leave him alone, did I listen? Nah, I was on a mission. To date, I feel she was warning me, but at the time, I didn't really care. I wanted the fame. #BeyondSilence #letstal— I'm Still Here! (@Motsumilebo) December 5, 2023
I eventually fell pregnant, and I was so excited. I called to inform him, and he denied the pregnancy. After some time at 6/7 months, I decided to have an abortion at a back street clinic. Went on with my life. #BeyondSilence #letstalk— I'm Still Here! (@Motsumilebo) December 5, 2023
HIV doesn't have a face, and it can happen to anyone. Let's start testing regularly with our partners. Get on prep, and use a condom consistently. An HIV infection is avoidable. @BeyondZeroSA #BeyondSilence #letstalk— I'm Still Here! (@Motsumilebo) December 5, 2023