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‘I can’t do things other children do' - pit bull attack survivor

23 November, 03:27 PM

It’s been two years since 11-year-old Siyamthanda Bakamela was attacked at her home in Rosettenville by two pit bulls on the 25th of August, 2015. As a result of her injuries, 'Siya' - as she is affectionately known - had to have her right leg amputated above the knee. 
While Bakamela is still dealing with the changes that were bought to her life by the attack, she says she can't do things like other children her age. 

"I'm coping sometimes, but the difficulties are that I can't do things other children do," she said. "I can't play my favourite sport, like netball.

"It's been very difficult for me to do other things. Sometimes I don't do them and I just give up."

Over two years later, Bakamela's father, Vusi Khumalo, is still in and out of court trying to get justice for his daughter. Khumalo never received compensation from the pit bull owners, and is still trying to make ends meet as Siya is growing.

"I'm always thinking about it. It is stressing me because after three years, Siya won't be using that leg. I don't know where to start," he said. 

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