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.