Sur­vivor back on her feet

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Sunday World - - News - SOMAYA STOCKENSTROOM

SUR­VIVOR Nom­buso Mngoma has en­dured the worst of life’s tragedies, from be­ing raped and hi­jacked to los­ing a child and her right leg.

She is happy to be alive and hopes that her story will change the lives of oth­ers. I’m still stand­ing, ex­cuse the pun,” she joked. Life is too short. I shed my tears and ques­tioned why God chose me, but I’ve found the an­swer. I’m tes­ti­mony that the hu­man spirit can over­come al­most any­thing.”

The 32-year-old from Mtun­zini in KwaZulu-Natal was hi­jacked by three men in 2007 when she pulled into her home in Oli­fants­fontein, north­east of Joburg, one night.

They put my friend and me in the back. They drove to some veld A fourth guy joined them, they gave us a choice to live or die. I

…was so ter­ri­fied, I’ve never prayed so much. Two guys raped my friend and the leader of the gang raped me. Then they drove to an ATM and told me to with­draw money and if I try to run away they will kill my friend.

I was then driven back home, but they wanted house valu­ables. Even­tu­ally they drove off in my car,” she said.

Mngoma, a Shell South Africa cat­e­gory man­ager, re­ported the crime to po­lice.

The sys­tem failed me, these peo­ple were never ar­rested and my car was never found.”

Fear­ful of re­turn­ing to her pad, she lived with friends. I went for coun­selling and de­cided enough was enough, these men can’t con­trol me, and moved back to my house.”

Af­ter a year she found love and con­ceived her first child, but mis­car­ried five months later.

She sur­vived a ter­ri­ble crash in 2009. The car was a write-off. I was so thank­ful for com­ing out with­out a scratch.”

In 2011 she was blessed with twins, two boys. I was over the moon… But just when I thought I was happy, I broke up with the fa­ther of my kids. But not even this got the bet­ter of me.”

A huge blow came early last year when her right leg was am­pu­tated a month af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with deep vein throm­bo­sis.

I had this sud­den pain in my foot the doc­tor told me I was fine. I re­fused to leave with the pain. Af­ter sev­eral tests I was told I had se­vere blood clots.

Af­ter five op­er­a­tions I was told they can’t save my leg, they must am­pu­tate. I was told to go home and spend time with my fam­ily in KZN for a few days and pre­pare my­self for the op­er­a­tion.

But on her ar­rival home, I was rushed to Richards Bay hos­pi­tal. I thought I was dy­ing. My life was in dan­ger and they am­pu­tated im­me­di­ately from the knee down.”

Her pros­thetic, which cost R90 000, has be­come her best ac­ces­sory. I was not meant for a wheel­chair. I was de­ter­mined to walk again and do it quickly.” She also had her car mod­i­fied. The joy that I was able to do nor­mal things was in­de­scrib­able. God has given me another chance at life.”

She’s also found love again.

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