Growing up in a family where everyone drank alcohol exposed Sipho, the youngest child, to alcohol and dagga when he was in grade eight. His mother and six siblings all drank alcohol and Sipho followed in their footsteps.
For four years Alfred battled with an addiction that badly affected his marriage and crippled his finances. He was already married and had five children when he started drinking alcohol with his friends.
"Taking up the responsibilities of a parent for seven siblings when I was still at high school became unbearable for me. I turned to alcohol for comfort. Life became difficult after my father passed on when I was 17 years old and my mother followed two years later.