CH­ERYL ZONDI

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Cover Story -

In Oc­to­ber this year, Ch­eryl Zondi, a state wit­ness in the trial of con­tro­ver­sial Nige­rian pas­tor Tim­o­thy Omo­toso and his two co-ac­cused, tes­ti­fied about the al­leged abuse that started when she was 14 years old. Ch­eryl’s in­cred­i­ble re­silience as she was cross-ex­am­ined by Tim­o­thy Omo­toso’s de­fence lawyer, ad­vo­cate Pe­ter Dauber­mann, was praised around the coun­try. At the time of writ­ing, Tim­o­thy Omo­toso faced 63 charges in­clud­ing rape, sex­ual as­sault and rack­e­teer­ing. At the trial, Ch­eryl said, ‘Be­ing a woman in this world is a chal­leng­ing task on its own and we find our­selves hav­ing to de­fend our dig­nity on a daily ba­sis. So, what­ever bat­tle I am fight­ing is the same bat­tle ev­ery other woman out there is fight­ing.’

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