'She isn't the person I know her to be'

File: The woman who reportedly killed her daughter's alleged rapist is worried about the impact the case could have on her already traumatised daughter. Photo: eNCA
 

JOHANNESBURG - The woman who reportedly killed her daughter's alleged rapist is struggling with the NPA's decision to charge her with murder.

She fears going to jail and worries about who would look after her family if she is sentenced.

While her legal team prepares to argue self-defence, she worries about the impact the case could have on her already traumatised daughter.

She says the 27-year-old woman is in such a state of shock that she can't remember what happened during the attack.

"I notice she is not well at all, she isn't the person I know her to be. When I ask her how she feels she tells me about all the pain she's experiencing in her body."

For now, the NPA is standing firm on its decision to charge her with murder - but that could change.

"We can mention that further investigations are going to be conducted and completed, after that the docket will be referred to a senior prosecutor for a final decision," says Luxolo Tyali from the National Prosecuting Authority.

The only thing easing the family's pain is the outpouring of support from people around the country.

"As you have heard there is a campaign towards contributing funds in support of this family after their ordeal and we are going to call an urgent community meeting to set up a task team to monitor the process because we want this to be a smooth and transparent process so people know how their money has been spent," says Mzukisi Sigqolana a leader from Qumbu Village.

The daughter will not only play a key role in her mother's defence, but will also be the main eyewitness in the rape trial of the two remaining suspects.
Her mother hopes that with psychological help her daughter will be able to cope.

The woman is currently out on bail of R500.


 

 

 

 

 

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