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Benni McCarthy relives the pain of growing up in an 'abusive' home

By Tshisalive | 2016-11-30 06:45:36.0 | COMMENTS [ 17 ]

Former Bafana Bafana footballer Benni McCarthy recently announced his support and endorsement for child rights group Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA)‚ and in an interview recounted his own experience with abuse.

Benni said that growing up he saw his father beating his mother and he resolved to work hard to give her a better life.

“My mom unfortunately was on the end of a beating‚ and because I was the youngest of three kids at the time‚ I was always in the house and I was the one who was witnessing all this. Yeah‚ I just made a promise to myself that I want to work my socks off and make a success of my life so I can get my mother the life that she deserved‚” he said.

The football star said that the ordeal gave him a resolution to be different than his father.

“Kids and women cannot defend themselves against us. So‚ to use kids and women as a punching bag is vile. So‚ I promised myself that I would never become that guy who uses woman and kids as a punching bag‚ but try and make a difference‚” he said.

Benni said that he himself was not abused but that observing the alleged abuse had a mental effect on him which he drew from in later years.

“Whenever it looked like it was getting tough‚ I would just think about what I went through and where I said I wanted to be‚” he added.

He said that he hoped his story would inspire others to have the courage to speak out on abuse.

“At the end of the day‚ I made it and I came from a violent and abusive background so anyone else in that situation can do the same. If anyone is suffering they should come forward because there are ways to get help‚” he added.

According to IOL‚ Benni’s father Dudley died in 2008 after suffering from complications related to diabetes.

Listen to the full interview below:

Red card to women and child abuse - Benni McCarthy by JoeMaluleke


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My all time favorite soccer striker, wish we can get one of his kind in SA again.

2016-11-30 07:39:41.0 | 0 replies


Dr Khoza, Benni is a resource Pirates need, he can be helpful on that bench.

2016-11-30 07:55:27.0 | 0 replies


And he bought his father a brand new Toyota Camry ... A father will always be your father .

2016-11-30 08:12:38.0 | 1 replies


And he bought his brother a VW Golf

2016-12-01 08:19:09.0 | 0 replies


Good Benni boy, women and kids are not punching bags

2016-11-30 08:18:45.0 | 0 replies


Good story to tell Benni

2016-11-30 08:23:39.0 | 0 replies


Inspirational story, proves that whoever you can choose not to let your past determine your future. Waiting for the likes of @Venda to comment that its typical coloured mentality etc.

2016-11-30 09:22:29.0 | 1 replies



2016-11-30 10:20:51.0 | 1 replies


LOLO BIACH! Your toothpick cant handle me...

2016-11-30 10:26:22.0 | 1 replies
2016-11-30 15:36:45.0 | 0 replies


Nagging must also be a crime

2016-11-30 09:40:28.0 | 1 replies


then all women will be convicted

2016-11-30 10:53:43.0 | 0 replies


Lets make moneys guys heres the link....grind hard so you dont have to spend your hard earned cash this december...............

2016-11-30 11:43:39.0 | 1 replies


LOL here is anada Doom scam...

2016-11-30 12:42:33.0 | 0 replies


Benedict Saul McCarthy- European Champions League Winner, The Baby-faced Assassin, the deadliest single-handed strike-force that terrified Europe's defenders. Boy I enjoyed watching you play, you made me proud and there will never be another one like you.

At least you fulfilled your desire to look after Dora (your mother). Keep teaching those neanderthals that women are not just for beating, selling and fucking. We are on this planet because of women. I'd whip any c unt over the head with a knobkirrie that beat up a woman.

2016-11-30 13:32:54.0 | 1 replies


U can use your Knobkerrie in your home town Thohoyandou here in Cape Town they will blow your head off with one bullet sani.

2016-12-01 10:53:21.0 | 0 replies


your father also died in 2008

2016-11-30 14:59:10.0 | 0 replies