Zodwa Wabantu said she is not ashamed over her son, Vuyo, who is repeating grade eight, because she understands that he has chance to make changes.
“I expected him to do well, just like any parent, and when he failed, I was disappointed. I thought perhaps it had something to do with my busy, working mom’s life, but I realised that there were other things too. Like the fact that it was his first time at a boarding school, a new environment, new teachers and a new style of teaching, among other things. His teachers also explained the same thing,” Zodwa told TshisaLIVE.
The mother of one said she didn’t want to shame her son for his failure, but wanted him to know that he has a chance to do better and that he is still young.
“I know of parents that make their kids feel like sh*t and they put up a front in front of other people like they are understanding parents. But behind closed doors, they insult their kids and they are ashamed of them.
“My son, he’s a lovely kid and I know that he will do better. So all I told him was that he needed to go back this year, focus and do his level best. That is all I ever want from him, to be the best that he can be.”