‘Bassie: My Journey of Hope’: Of frogs, princes and Madiba


‘Bassie: My Journey of Hope’: Of frogs, princes and Madiba

FREE TO READ | Former Miss SA Basetsana Kumalo tells a story of violent abuse and healing love

Phumla Mkize

How many frogs do you have to kiss before you meet your Prince Charming?

Well, for former Miss SA and media executive Basetsana Kumalo, only one. Her first boyfriend, she writes in her memoir Bassie: My Journey of Hope, was World Boxing Organisation lightweight champion Dingaan “The Rose” Thobela.

The couple met the year before Kumalo was crowned Miss SA and dated during her reign in 1994 – and boy, oh boy, what a frog he was. Kumalo opens up about the abuse she endured during her relationship with Thobela – and the shame of being a battered woman but the envy of girls around the country...

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