MANY mothers go to great lengths to protect their children. And for SABC1 isiXhosa news bulletin editor and former newsreader Zodwa Nogilana, the love for her daughter is even deeper.
Opening up to Daily Sun about motherhood, Zodwa said she shared a strong bond with her 18-year-old daughter, Siphesihle. But if one thing ever kept her awake at night, it was the alarming rise in gender-based violence cases and worrying about Siphesihle’s safety as she was currently studying in Cape Town.
She shared that she got palpitations every time her daughter was out by herself. And the recent Cape Town incident involving a 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly lured into a Parklands apartment to engage in sexual acts with older men in exchange for money, had gotten her even more worried.
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“I constantly check up on her every time she goes out. Now, I will never get used to receiving photos at 10pm, captioned: ‘Mum, I went out to dinner with my friends and don’t worry, one of them has a car and she will drop me off’.”
She added that despite the fact that she was in a good institution, one could never take any chances.
“I know she’s a big girl but to me, she will always be my baby girl and I have to do everything possible to protect her. We are living in a cruel world, where young girls are abducted, raped and killed on a daily basis. As parents, we always have to be vigilant.”
Zodwa said some of the principles she had instilled in her daughter included discipline, humility and putting God first in everything she did.