A night in jail felt like eight years

A night in jail felt like eight years

Spending one night in the police cell for public drinking was what made Thebe realise that he needed to give up alcohol.From the age of 15, Thebe smoked dagga, drank alcohol and became rebellious at home.

“My parents fought constantly. I also did not have a good relationship with my father because I believed he was to blame for their fights. I disrespected him so much that I even went home high and argued with him. I thought I was man enough to make my own decisions,” said Thebe.At school Thebe bunked classes and spent days drinking and smoking dagga at a friend’s home.He recalls one fateful day when he was forced to re-evaluate his irresponsible ways. He was arrested for public drinking in 2010.

“My friends and I bought alcohol on our way to a party then started drinking while walking. The police came and arrested us. We were released the following day. That night in jail was the most terrifying time because I did not get a wink of sleep. All I could do was think of all my irresponsible actions and I realised that, if I didn’t change, this could be where I ended up for many years. I prayed all night asking God to help me change. The next morning my friend’s sister bailed us out of jail. I didn’t dare tell my parents I spent the night in jail, but told them I had slept over at my friend’s house,” he said.

That same month Thebe was invited to the Universal Church. “I took part in the chains of prayer on Fridays for my deliverance and I was completely freed from my addictions after a year of addiction cleansing treatment.”I am now doing my final year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree in human resources. I also made peace with my father because I understand that it is God’s command for me to respect my father,” said Thebe.

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