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Trevor Noah's abusive ex-stepfather

By Loyiso Sidimba, City Press | Mar 05, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 36 ]

He shot Noah's mom, threatened Trevor and attacked her husband - report

Trevor Noah’s stepfather made his family’s life a living nightmare, forcing the comedian to turn his back on his mother, whose suffering he could no longer bear to witness, the City Press reports.

And when the funnyman finally confronted his former stepfather after he shot his mother repeatedly and left her for dead, Ngisaveni Shingange threatened to kill him.

The startling claims are contained in papers before the high court in Johannesburg, where Shingange applied to have his divorce from Nombuyiselo Noah rescinded.

On Thursday, Shingange’s house will be auctioned to cover his ex-wife’s legal costs, which he has been ordered to pay.

And later this week, he will be sentenced in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court, where he was found guilty of attempting to kill her.

In court papers, Nombuyiselo Noah (52), an estate agent, tells of years of abuse at Shingange’s hands.

She divorced him in 1996, but they continued to live together in the Johannesburg suburb of Highlands North. In 2003, she says she was forced to move into a back-yard shack on the property with her 15-month-old son, where they lived for seven years.

Nombuyiselo Noah says Trevor stopped visiting her at this time because it was too much for him to see his mother going through hell.

In court papers, she said her former husband beat her with old bicycle frames in public and in front of her staff, slapped her, chased her down the street as she fled with their youngest child, and smashed phones and furniture.

Moving away in 2009, after she became engaged to her current husband, Sfiso Khoza, almost cost her her life.

She says Shingange tracked her down and shot her in the back and face, shattering her jaw, piercing her skull, nose and ear, and leaving her unable to speak properly.

Minutes before she was shot, Nombuyiselo said her youngest son, then about seven, pleaded with his father to stop, saying: “Daddy, please do not shoot mommy!” But his pleas fell on deaf ears.

After the shooting, when Trevor Noah phoned his former stepfather to remonstrate with him, “Shingange advised Trevor that he was also coming after Trevor to kill him”.

Two months after the shooting, Nombuyiselo said in court papers that her ex-husband spread false rumours, reported in newspapers, that she ran slums in hijacked buildings in inner-city Johannesburg.

In January, Trevor Noah appeared on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, a first for a South African comedian, and is now based in Los Angeles. His agent, Gaenor Becker, said her client would not comment on his personal life.

Shingange claimed that he only became aware that his wife had divorced him in October 2009 and he went to court to ask for it to be reversed.

Aside from almost killing his ex-wife, Shingange also fired several shots at her husband, Khoza, whom she married in July 2009. Trevor paid her private hospital bills and she says she was treated under a different name because she feared Shingange would go there to “finish the job”.

In responding papers, Shingange did not answer her shooting allegations. “I have been advised not to comment at this stage since the matter is sub judice,” he said.

Repeated attempts to contact Shingange through his lawyer, Lord Mataboge, were unsuccessful.


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Trevor is too sisi, touch my mom I will k!ll you. I wouldn't give a sh!t about glamorous life, i would k!ll and go to jail for that. Whats the point of going and living in LA while the lady that gave you life is living hers in misery, that boy needs to man up...

Mar 05, 2012 8:9 | 0 replies

Okay...so how is this our business

Mar 05, 2012 4:7 | 0 replies


Mar 05, 2012 4:13 | 0 replies

An abuser at work !!

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Mar 06, 2012 2:0 | 0 replies

Trevor is just so handsome and edible.He graces my lounge almost everyday,with his humour.I can't get enough of watching his DVD'S.

He can't live his mother's life for her.She made bad choices and that's a shame.
He doesn't have to crusify himself between two thieves

Explore the universe Trevor.There is only one future and it only comess one day at a time.

Mar 06, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

Noah's mother is a bi££££tch

Mar 06, 2012 7:24 | 0 replies

Is this a joke or is it real? plus you'll never knw with this comedians (fools)

Mar 06, 2012 9:24 | 0 replies

moerskont, why lomfana ubengaphihlizi lesi nikiniki sendoda

Mar 06, 2012 4:15 | 0 replies


Mar 06, 2012 4:39 | 0 replies

it sounds so unreal he is just shooting shooting no arrest, no action taken, hay Soweatn get ur facts straight man

Mar 07, 2012 10:52 | 0 replies