After his parents divorced, Daniel found it difficult to cope with his financial responsibilities. Daniel and his three siblings were left with their unemployed mother who battled to put food on the table for them.
Being raised by his mother while his father lived with his other family drove Tshepo to drinking alcohol heavily, disrespecting his father and becoming a nuisance in his neighbourhood from the time he was in high school.
"My drinking problem accelerated after I found my dream job in 1991. I was one of the first black people to drive trains in those days. That made me famous and I met different people who offered me alcohol. I started drinking every day.