Stories from Kwaggafontein
Kwaggafontein is an office devoted to domestic violence in Mpumalanga. The head paralegal is Nthofela Makhele. Our junior journalist is Jan Sindane.
Each story first appeared on partner community radio station Emalahleni FM and was produced by community paralegals.
“I have two protection orders and he still follows me to work”- How can a protection order assist you?
Grace Sithole from Middelburg has two protection orders out against her ex-husband; she has moved to a different town in order to protect herself. Regardless he still managed to follow her, he went to her work place and pointed a gun at her whilst at work.
I drive into Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga – down the main stretch of road – and the potpourri of small businesses is exciting and overwhelming. They lurch out into the road selling crisps, car tyres and beer. I ask for directions to the court and I’m told it is in the road that’s parallel which contains a similar mini-city, this time of justice-based services.