Journo speaks out

2018-10-31 06:00
Vanessa Govender at the book signing of her memoir Beaten but Not Broken at Scottsville Mall yesterday. PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

Vanessa Govender at the book signing of her memoir Beaten but Not Broken at Scottsville Mall yesterday. PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

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FORMER Lotus FM presenter Vanessa Govender says she is considering naming her abuser.

Govender, widely hailed for speaking out against the abuse she suffered at the hands of her former lover, was speaking at The Mall @ Scottsville where she presented her memoir Beaten but not Broken.

The book is based on her five-year abusive relationship with a former Lotus FM jock. She was 22 at the time.

Though she opted not to name the abuser in her memoir, Govender said she was now reassessing her decision. “Following articles that have come out in some newspapers, I am seriously considering naming him,” she said. “It is not a decision that I will take lightly, it is something that I will do in consultation with legal experts, my publisher and my family.”

The 41-year-old said writing the book had taken her to a dark place, saying: “I have always known that I wanted to write the story. I never knew that it would be of any worth or value. I never thought anybody would want to publish it. When I started writing, it was to heal.”

Govender recalled an incident where her former lover assaulted and raped her at the SABC building.

“We had had an argument. I wasn’t taking his calls. I read the bulletin. He walked into the studio and stood behind the presenter who was going on air after I was done with the news bulletin. He was facing me; the presenter’s back was towards him.” Govender said that from his body language, she could tell that she was in trouble.

“His arms were folded and his jaws clenched. The whole room shifted. The fear, the tension, it was palpable. The presenter was oblivious. I could feel trouble brewing,” she recalled.

When she finished the bulletin, as she walked out, the former jock walked out first.

The presenter asked if everything was okay, but she could not answer. “He answered for me and, just as the door closed, he raised his leg and kicked me in my stomach.” Her book is available at major books stores, nation-wide.

“I am happy that the rot is being exposed because there


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