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“I Got Involved in Illicit Activities”

Thabo's Story


"I Got Involved in Illicit Activities Like Selling Cigarettes at School"“Growing up, I had a happy childhood, although my father was often away working in Johannesburg. My mother raised us single-handedly and she was very strict. I got involved in illicit activities like selling cigarettes at school without her knowledge.

I envied my friends, who seemed to have a carefree life, smoking and enjoying themselves. They appeared to be the popular guys who had control over the situation. Eventually, I gave in to peer pressure and joined their group. I became addicted to dagga and cigarettes and managed to hide this from my mother. Whenever I failed in school, I would make up excuses to divert attention from my substance abuse.

I knew I had to make a change and not be involved in illicit activities. Although I managed to quit cigarettes, I could not break free from my dagga addiction. Being addicted made me feel foolish, and I experienced physical and mental discomfort. One day, someone asked if I could sell dagga at school, and I eagerly agreed, thinking it would be an easy way to support my habit. My life spiraled out of control. After finishing school, I continued smoking while looking for a job in Johannesburg. Money made it easier to fuel my addiction.

Unfortunately, when I got married, I could not fully support my family, and my marriage was in jeopardy due to my addiction and excessive drinking. I was on the verge of destroying everything precious to me.


However, everything started to change when I began attending services in The Universal Church. I stepped into the church determined to change, I felt an overwhelming sense of amazement, realizing it was the right place for me.

From that day forward, I became a new person. God helped me to overcome my addictions, and the pastor advised me to regularly attend church services, praying for my spiritual well-being and deliverance. I clung to the Word of God and started attending Wednesday and Sunday services for my spiritual development. My faith became the driving force behind my transformation.

My family is now a blessing, and I have achieved things I once thought were impossible. I could send my children to university, and my marriage was restored. I realized God was waiting for me to change before taking over my life. By using my faith, I was able to turn my life around for the better,” said Thabo

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