Of­fers to help mother in court case

Daily Dispatch - - News - By TEMBILE SGQOLANA

WHILE East­ern Cape so­cial de­vel­op­ment MEC Nancy Sihlwayi warned peo­ple against do­nat­ing funds for the mother of a 27-year-old rape vic­tim, who is al­leged to have killed one of the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors, more than R100 000 had been raised in a bid to help the mother with her court ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day.

R103 433.09 was do­nated by 158 peo­ple over six days on a gen­eros­ity page set up by Cape Town res­i­dent Na­talie Ken­drick af­ter she read about the mother’s le­gal woes.

The 56-year-old mother is al­leged to have stabbed to death a man and wounded two oth­ers af­ter she caught them ap­par­ently gang-rap­ing her daugh­ter at an un­oc­cu­pied house in the Qumbu ad­min­is­tra­tive area in Zwart­wa­ter near Ko­mani last month.

She was ar­rested on R500 bail.

Her case touched many South Africans and non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) who ral­lied be­hind her and of­fered fi­nan­cial, le­gal and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port.

But speak­ing to jour­nal­ists out­side the fam­ily’s one-room house this week, Sihlwayi said: “There is a gov­ern­ment here which will work with the fam­ily through this.”

The MEC said they were keep­ing at a place of safety an 18-year-old girl who tried to com­mit sui­cide af­ter she was al­legedly vic­timised for telling the mother that her daugh­ter was in dan­ger. — and later re­leased

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