Pulane Lenkoe has broken the silence on Instagram about her alleged abusive at the hands former Bafana Bafana striker, Katlego Mphela. Mphela, a former Bafana striker, played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaiser Chiefs before playing for first division side, Royal Eagles.
Lenkoe became popular in 2015 after her nude pictures were shared on social media.
The then 31-year-old law student had been trending on the social media platform for two weeks, and had become a topic of discussion for the entire country. A nude pic of Pulane was allegedly leaked by her ex-boyfriend, a fake account was also opened where outrageous comments regarding the nude snaps were being posted.
She later broke up with Mphela after dating for two years. The two were rumoured to be getting married last year, after Lenkoe shared several Instagram posts where she's spotted flaunting a gorgeous diamond ring on her ring finger.
She told sympathisers on Twitter that the last beating happened six months ago.
Lenkoe said the first time Mphela beat her, she took pictures but he convinced her to delete them.
Lenkoe wrote on Instagran: "He told me he will never allow himself to touch me again, blamed it on stress and insecurities, so I forgave him – funny thing is that I have always considered myself to be very strong, I guess we all have our weaknesses. I allowed this man who promised to love, protect and make me feel safe to do this to me over and over and over again and each time he would swore – Nka se tlhole ke go toucher, I promise my love and soon as he said that it's like I would be hypnotised or something cause the only person I felt I needed it would be the same person who was causing me pain and the one thing that I realise now that I've left that relationship is that not only do these men inflict physical pain but they will also cause emotional abuse, which is far more damaging."
Lenkoe said Mphela started punching her after a lunch which was meant to show how apologetic he was for his behaviour.
"I told him this is it, we were done, as I was driving us back, was pissed off at myself, how could I be such a fool all these years thinking this man would ever change, was driving quite fast cause I desperately wanted to get home and get my belongings and leave him for good this time, then out of nowhere he started hitting me with fists on my face telling me I have no respect for him, he is busy trying to show me how much he appreciates me then I want to leave him," wrote Lenkoe on Instagram.
She said the unfortunate killing of Karabo Mokoena was an eye opener.
"Honestly, I believe if it wasn't for the unfortunate passing of Karabo, I would still be in his arms today," she wrote.
"Even after this incident, when I tried to leave him then he begged me to stay and said he was getting professional help, I wanted to believe him but in my heart I knew the relationship was far too gone to be saved, there was nothing left to be saved, every time he hit me, as much as I thought I needed him, I didn’t it was just fear of starting over without him, shame, and all of those negative thoughts occupying my head but the actual fact is he killed every love emotion I ever felt for him,” said Lenkoe.
Mphela has not yet responded to Lenkoe's claims.