Smangele Hadebe Has Huge Initiative For Abuse Survivors

Smangele Hadebe will not only be fighting for the vacant African Boxing Union [ABU] female flyweight title on Feb 24.

Hadebe is willing to show her full support to the survivors of child abuse. She wants them to know that they are not alone and they can fight this with a little help and courage.

This Thursday night in Johannesburg is going to be interesting as Hadebe will take on Tanzania’s Halima Vunjabei. Her profile in the bout will allow her to continue the social work for abuse victims as well.

The African boxer said in an interview, “I dedicate my fights to women and children who were abused and could not speak for themselves.”

“My fights are about telling them that they can fight what they went through, and also know that they are not alone. We need to be the change we wish to see in others.”

The 28-year-old also revealed her struggles while she was a child.

“For me, it was a secret l kept for too long. Being sexually molested for two years, and unable to reveal that to anyone is the most painful experience I’ve gone through in my life,” she said.

“That’s why l will use the day I’m fighting for the African title to let the world know about this shameful, inhuman, brutal, and degrading vice in South Africa. I’m the voice of the voiceless.”

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