Not your average mother

2008-08-22 00:00

Dudu Radebe’s colleagues describe her as a woman “with a big heart”. Her heart has to be big to make room for the 17 children she is mother to already, and the many more she will mother in the future.

She laughs when she remembers that growing up in Lamontville, Durban, she wanted to be a railway police officer, or a social worker. Her mother was a domestic worker and a single mother to Radebe and her three brothers. “Life was hard for us. I went to school in Lamontville, then Umkomaas, then boarding school in Umzimkulu and finally Mount Frere, where I stayed with relatives.”

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