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Businessman comes to aid of raped girl's mom

By unknown | Nov 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

A Soweto businessman has shown the spirit of ubuntu by offering to help the family of a six-year-old girl who was kidnapped and repeatedly raped for two days.

Tears rolled down her mother's face when Brian Sizwe Mazibuko of a funeral parlour in Dobsonville told her that he was offering her a job as an agent for his company.

The mother of three, who cannot be named to protect both their identities, has been struggling to make ends meet since her husband died in March.

A few weeks ago she pleaded with the community for help.

Mazibuko said he felt there was something he could do to ease her pain and suffering.

"When I heard about her plight I was touched and thought to myself that there must be something I can do to help the family," he said.

"I also have a daughter and I cannot even begin to imagine how I would feel if she were raped."

Mazibuko's wife, Nthabiseng, gave the woman R500 on Thursday.

Mazibuko said that he was planning to open another branch in Kagiso, West Rand, and promised to give the woman a job there.

"I am making a promise to you. My partner and I have spoken about it and have agreed about it," said Mazibuko.

Shedding tears of joy, the woman said: "Thank you so much for helping me. I will do the best I can in the job. It will help me very much."

She said she was happy that her prayers had been answered and that she would earn an income.

Her six-year-old child will undergo a womb operation today.

"At least now I have the money to visit her at the hospital. It has been a struggle to raise transport money," the woman said.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and confessed to kidnapping and raping the child.

He will appear in court on Wednesday when his case will be transferred to the Johannesburg high court for sentencing.


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