HUNTED: Bonisiwe Sithole, 17, at her
home in Magangangosi, KwaZulu-Natal.
She has been the victim of an
attempted 'ukuthwala' abduction four
times this year. Image by: Shelly
Seventeen-year-old schoolgirl Bonisiwe Sithole constantly
lives under the threat of forced marriage - justified as
conforming to the tradition of ukuthwala.
A survivor of four attempts at abduction by would-be
"husbands" - three in one week - the Kwa-Zulu-Natal
teenager fears that if her assailants are not arrested
she will become just another statistic.
"They said I'm going to be a wife to one of them. I'm
afraid of going to school and only feel safe at home.
I'm angry because they want to ruin my life and my
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