‘It was too much’

CityPress - - News - Lisinda Bai­ley

“I wish this night­mare on no one,” says (40). Bai­ley, a sin­gle mother of two who was one of the ap­pli­cants in the land­mark court case.

She had three emol­u­ment at­tach­ment or­ders against her to­talling more than R24 000 and had noth­ing left at the end of the month. Bai­ley earned a gross salary of R7 100 and R2 163 was de­ducted from it each month. This was on top of other debts she had.

She still gets tear­ful when she speaks of her or­deal as an overindebted mother who some­times could not feed her chil­dren. “I’m the bread­win­ner and fell be­hind on my rent. Af­ter a while, I had to get a loan to pay rent just to keep a roof over our heads. Then I could not keep up and had to get another loan. It was not as if I wanted to be in debt, I just had no other choice.”

“And then I saw money was be­ing de­ducted from my salary. It was al­most all of it. We hardly had money to live on for the rest of the month.”

Bai­ley knew she had signed for the debt and had to re­pay it, but “it was too much”.

“I felt like I had nowhere to turn,” she says.

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