Trevor Noah Opens Up About Mother’s Shooting

Trevor Noah on Wednesday opened up about the shooting of his mother Patricia Noah at the hands of his stepfather, mechanic Abel Shingange, saying that ‘all [he] felt was rage’ in the wake of the horrifying incident.

The Daily Show host, speaking with People, said that his brother initially told him about the 2009 incident, in which his mother thankfully survived, after the bullet averted hitting her brain and arteries. ‘I remember after the shooting, my mother was in the hospital, and all I felt was rage,’ the 33-year-old said. Noah’s stepfather was subsequently placed on probation after he was convicted of attempted murder in the attack, which occurred after the couple was divorced.

The Johannesburg, South Africa-born funnyman recalled how his mother looked to calm his temper in the wake of the incident. He told People, ‘My mother said to me: “Don’t hate him for doing this, but rather pity him because he too is a victim, in his own way, of a world that has thrust upon him an idea of masculinity that he has subscribed to and is now a part of. As for myself, I do not wish to imbue myself with a hatred that only I will carry.”‘