Abused woman finds solace in new home

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The 30-year-old Mpumalanga woman, who was allegedly kidnapped, gangraped and held as a sex slave at a house in Montrose in KwaZulu-Natal has found a new home.

Sowetan first reported on her ordeal early this month after she escaped. She had been locked in a room in the house, where three men allegedly took turns raping her every day.

One of her alleged attackers is known to her family and lured her to the province with the pretence of finding her a job.

When she arrived she was allegedly abducted and held against her will in the house, from which she escaped three weeks later.

After the story appeared Ukhozi FM breakfast show hosts Linda Sibiya and S'bonga Mngadi dedicated part of their show to helping her.

More than 10 callers offered to help, including a family who offered to take her in and give her a job.

The woman told Sowetan yesterday that she has settled in at her new home, where she has found "solace and comfort".

"I am grateful that I finally have a chance to start my life afresh," she said. "I nearly gave up on life, but I'm glad I did not. I want to be an example to other women who have similar experiences.

"There is hope. There are people who are willing to reach out and lend a hand."

Her new family said they wanted to give her an opportunity to start on a new page.

"After hearing about her plight I was touched," said the man of the family. "My wife and I decided we should help her back to her feet.

"I hope the little that we could offer her will be enough to make her forget what she went through. She is now part of our family."