She never saw it coming. She never thought she would one day be a statistic of one of the biggest issues in South Africa, gender based voilence.
Mankhedi Stephina Masha (39) never expected that the father of her child and then boyfriend would shoot her in her home and leave her for dead before running away and hanging himself.
“It was on the 25th of December in 2014, it was on Christmas day. I work as a traffic officer and I was off that day. My boyfriend at the time asked to borrow my car and I borrowed him the car as he had told me that he was going home to Limpopo. However, he decided to give my car to someone else and when he came back we had an argument about the car and that’s when he shot me nine times. He took my younger sister’s car and said he would drive home to Limpopo to kill our son,” she tells DRUM.