Jackson Mthembu said that his first marriage collapsed and his first born child got addicted to drugs and is now in prison all because he was an absent father and a husband. The ANC chief whip has confirmed that he is considering quiting national politics.
“I think my absence, one way or the other, probably could have contributed to what he ended up being – a person who’s hooked on drugs, a person who, as I speak, in prison. And indeed I don’t feel comfortable,” said Mthembu.
“I’ve been an absent father. Immaterial that you are doing something probably good for the public, probably good for the revolution, but revolutionaries also take care of their families.”
In an interview with on Talk Radio 702, Mthembu said that he does not know how he would live with himself had anything happened to either his wife or his two kids who were in the car when the accident happened.
According to Mthembu, three years ago, his wife drove into a house while she was driving the kids to school. He said that what broke his heart was that his wife could not remember how or why she crashed into a house.
“She was taking the kids to school. A serious accident. I had to leave CT, go to the hospital. When I came there I asked what happened, she had no idea what happened because she just lost whatever else that she was doing. She lost any sense. In a way she could not remember how she hit that house. In fact the person who called me at the scene was my little daughter who was in the car,” said Mthembu.
The emotional Mthembu said that all of these things happen to his family that he is expected to take care of while at the same time he is expected to do good for his party.
“Now these things, are things that are agonising to me as a person. I cannot be an absent father. I cannot be an absent husband. Notwithstanding the good that some of us are expected to do for the revolution but the revolution expects me to be a good husband and to be a good father,” he said.