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Jabu Mahlangu on turning his life around after alcohol addiction

5 July 2016 9:45 AM

Jabu Mahlangu shared his battle to overcome drug and alcohol addiction after an emotional interview by Junaid Hartley's father.

Former Bafana Bafana player, Jabu Mahlangu, shared his own struggle with coming clean from drugs and alcohol abuse.

In an emotional interview on Monday with John Robbie, Junaid Hartley's father revealed that his son is ready to turn over new leaf after a lengthy battle with drug addiction.

Mahlangu, who is currently mentoring young people and educating them about the dangers of substance abuse, said he was willing to assist Hartley to get back on his feet.

Listen to the interview below:

It's not easy to overcome drug or alcohol addiction but my wife and family's support gave me hope.

Jabu Mahlangu, former Bafana Bafana player

He divulged how his addiction started at a young age, initially socially which led to a reliance on substances.

I'm happy to be sober today... I started with alcohol at a very young age, I was around 12 or 13, and I didn't think I'd end up an addict.

Jabu Mahlangu, former Bafana Bafana player

Referring to Hartley, he acknowledged the damage that alcohol and drug addiction can do to a user's life.

Junaid is my brother... He was one of the most talented soccer players that South Africa ever produced. It's so sad to see what drugs can do to a human being.

Jabu Mahlangu, former Bafana Bafana player

5 July 2016 9:45 AM