In a disparate attempt to find his biological father, Motswako rapper Lection has gone public – hoping to speed up the process.
Born in North West Mahikeng, Lection – real name Thebe Lekhonkhobe – was raised by a single mother under the impression that his stepfather was his real dad.
Years later, the hip-hop star’s brother revealed the heartbreaking hidden truth of his mother that shocked his world.
“My brother Tshepang told me he was going to visit his father. This shocked me because I knew my stepfather as our father. He told me that man was not our father,” the rapper told Sunday World
Now that the Basadi hitmaker, 28, has discovered the untold story of his father, he is willing to find him. The worst part is that, to make his dream come true, his mother is reluctant to lead him to the right direction.
“When I confronted my mother, she just told me my father had passed on, referring to the stepfather,” he said.
“This makes me sad because I’m the only one of the four siblings who doesn’t know who his father is. I wish my mother can lead me in the right direction because I want to look for my father for the sake of my four-year-old son.”
The graphic designer and choreographer Lekhonkhobe, whose relationship with his abusive stepdad was a painful experience, wants his son to know his roots.
“He [stepfather] always made empty promises, and the fact that he would come back home drunk and verbally abuse us, further strained our relationship.
“I want my son to know his family tree when he’s tasked to do so at school and cultural reasons.
“I’d also love to sit with my dad so he can tell me about his life and all about our family.”
The hip-hop artist, notably known for his animated stage performances, said if his pleas were not answered by his family, his next step would be to contact Khumbul’ekhaya, a TV programme which help people trace their family.
“I know my brother got the information from my mother’s siblings because they are very close,” he said.
“I want to ask them to assist me in finding my real father. If it doesn’t work, I will contact Khumbul’ekhaya.”
The rapper – who recalled going for counselling to help him manage his anger while in high school – said growing up as an “angry kid” who wanted to beat up everything in front of him could have been fuelled by the absence of his father.