#LionMama lives in fear

Anti-rape he­roes’ woes:

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Petru Saal

The Eastern Cape woman dubbed #LionMama‚ who no longer faces crim­i­nal charges for stab­bing to death her daugh­ter’s al­leged rapist‚ must over­come a new hur­dle: fear of ret­ri­bu­tion.

There was a sense of eu­pho­ria after mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges were with­drawn on Mon­day at the Lady Frere Mag­is­trate’s Court.

But now the woman and her daugh­ter‚ who can­not be named to pro­tect their iden­ti­ties fear for their safety.

Buhle Tonise‚ the mother’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive‚ yes­ter­day said that the two women‚ who had been through a trau­matic month‚ were wor­ried that rel­a­tives of the dead man or mem­bers of the com­mu­nity would seek ret­ri­bu­tion.

“The last time there was a fu­neral‚ they were bury­ing the one who had passed away.

The mother and daugh­ter felt like they wanted to get away but they couldn’t fi­nan­cially.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers gave as­sis­tance and as­sured the mother that they would pa­trol the area‚” said Tonise.

They were wor­ried that rel­a­tives an­gry about the at­tacker’s death would harm them after the fu­neral. There is ten­sion in the area over the way he died.

A young woman who raised the alarm‚ telling the mother that three men were raping her daugh­ter‚ is be­ing blamed for the man’s death by his rel­a­tives‚ said Tonise.

And the 27-year-old vic­tim of the al­leged rape had been tor­mented by guilt‚ fear­ing that her mother would be jailed for pro­tect­ing her‚ said Tonise.

“The daugh­ter wasn’t cop­ing be­cause she was blam­ing her­self.

“In her mind the mother was go­ing to jail be­cause of her.”

/ TEMBILE SGQOLANA

Com­mu­nity mem­bers cel­e­brate the ac­quit­tal of an el­derly woman who stabbed her daugh­ter’s al­leged rapist to death.

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