South African actor Clement Maosa recently opened up about how he attempted to commit suicide twice.
Clement Maosa who is popularly known for his on-screen role as Zamokuhle ‘Kwaito’ Seakamela-Maputla on Skeem Saam was one of the recent guests on Mac G’s Podcast and Chill.
Speaking on Mac G’s Podcast, Clement Maosa shared how he was born under unfavourable conditions, which included coming from a poor background and also losing both his parents at a young age.
He also detailed how he attempted to commit suicide not only once but twice. Detailing his first suicide attempt, Clement revealed that it happened right around the time his father passed away. He said he was going through a tough time when he attempted to take his own life.
” ….I tried eish I think I was going through a lot around that time. You know sometimes you get to a point where you just feel like the world is closing up on you, where you don’t see anywhere out. It is like you are in a tunnel but there is no sign of light.
He said that the first time he tried to kill himself, he ate Soft ‘n’ Free hair relaxer.
“The first time I actually chowed (ate) the hair remover thing…ermm Soft ‘n’ Free, yeah I just think I ate a lot of it and funny enough it did not do anything. Later on they gave me milk or something…”
Clement revealed that he was looking for something that looked like a chemical which is why he opted to eat the hair relaxer. He went on to reveal that there was once a time when his mother was seriously sick and he felt like he was about to lose her. The actor said that right around that time, he prayed to God to take him instead and spare his mother because he couldn’t imagine his siblings leaving without her.
On his second attempt, Clement revealed that he planned to hit head-on with an on-coming haulage truck. Clement said his father taught him how to drive at a young age and on that day he claims that he was driving alone in his father’s Toyota Cressida when he attempted to swerve towards the truck.
Meanwhile, recently on his birthday, Clement shared a touching message dedicated to himself as a form of encouragement for all the trials and tribulations he’s been through in his 30 years of life.
“Your parents left you as a teenager with nothing but look at you. You stood the worst of times and lost so many loved ones but look at you now. You were rejected so many times and told you are not talented but look at you. You attempted suicide twice but God knew it was not yet time, now look!,” reads part of the message.