Mom and daughters find happiness five years after triple rape

By Hilda Van Dyk
15 September 2016

A little over five years ago a mother’s worst nightmare for her daughters came true.

Five men broke into their home in Rayton, east of Pretoria, and raped this mom and her two daughters – who were teenagers at the time.

But on Monday – exactly five years and six month after that horrific day – the most wonderful thing happened to this family when the youngest daughter (now 20) gave birth to a perfect baby girl.

The names of the family are being withheld to protect their identities.

“She’s our little miracle,” says the baby girl’s 22-year-old aunt, who can’t stop gushing about the bundle of joy who’s managed to distract them from the hell of a court case that’s been going for five long years.

The day after the rape on 12 March 2011 two of the attackers walked past the family’s home. The one daughter recognised them, phoned the police and they were arrested.

The trail of Progress Shoko and Howard Sekani, both Zimbabwean citizens, is still ongoing in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. So far, the judge has heard that they raped, kicked and hit the women.

A third suspect was arrested during the court proceedings after one of the daughters recognised him sitting in the public gallery.

Because the trial is taking so long, the family admits that they’re struggling to find closure and forget that day.

But for now they’re enjoying celebrating the new arrival. The baby was born in a hospital in Pretoria, but came seven weeks early. She weighed only 2,1 kg at birth.

“She’s the most wonderful little thing, just beautiful. We’ll fight to the death for her,” the baby’s proud aunt says.

She adds her sister and mother have always been close, especially after the rape. But the new baby has just forged that bond even stronger.

“Now we just want to take her (the baby) home,” she says.

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