When Lerato Mabuso found out she was pregnant, she was over the moon to be a mother. But little did she know it would be a dreadful experience.
Lerato knew her child would stand out in her family as the father of her child is Ethiopian. Years later, her son became a victim of hate speech and xenophobia from society and her family, especially as she separated from the baby daddy.
“Instead of my family supporting me, they are making my child’s life and mine a living hell. They are forever telling me that my child looks different and emphasise how his roots are not South African,” says Lerato.