Florence Masebe has recalled the horrifying moment she almost died in a shooting
The actress shared the story while encouraging her followers to talk about their struggles and how they overcome them, using the hashtag #DearChild.
Florence says she was gripped by fear during the incident.
“One day I’ll talk about what it really took to get up and live after people who to this day were never caught shot at me more than 40 times and left me to die.
“That was 1999. The fear-gripped 27-year-old back then did well to fight. My victory. There. I named it,” she wrote.
One day I'll talk about what it really took to get up and live after people who to this day were never caught shot at me more than 40 times and left me to die. That was 1999. The fear gripped 27 year old back then did well to fight. My victory. There. I named it.
— Mme a Masakona (@FloMasebe) June 29, 2019
Florence was injured when the suspects opened fire on her car while she was outside her Sandton home in 1999
Thankfully, she did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Her attacker is believed to have fired between six and eight rounds at her car and the star was reportedly wounded in the legs and arms.
Florence starred in Generations at the time and many believed the shooting could have been linked to her character, but that was never confirmed.
While Florence has healed from her wounds, the emotional trauma still lives with her.
Zelda le Grange praised the actress for sharing her story
“I always ask after you when I come across people that know you. Also your brother. You are an inspiration to millions of women. Your spirit a burning flame!” she commented.
I always ask after you when I come across people that know you. Also your brother. You are an inspiration to millions of women. Your spirit a burning flame! 💖💖
— Zelda la Grange ©™✌ (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) June 29, 2019
Bonnie Mbuli also applauded her for her courage.
I love you, I think of that often and have longed to know how deep you had to dig, such a courageous feat.🙌🏽
— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) June 29, 2019
Florence’s story inspired her followers to share their own victories
Raised by a taxi driver, lived in a shack for 19 years. FFW, half way through paying off the mortgage I took for my parents. Dear Jesus, I made it
— – A Y A N D A – (@_ayosithole) July 1, 2019
Got retrenched in 2015, started my own engineering company and now employing about 20 people. 🙏🏿
— Pat Maja (@patmaja) June 30, 2019
I've heard people say miracles do happen and I'm here to testify that God can turn your pain to victory.
My daughter can walk,talk and do any normal activities.
Her instagram handle is https://t.co/4fK5gOHgMz
She said mommy I want to be on tv, then I created an instagram page
— umbali_n (@uMbaliBlackRose) June 29, 2019