Zahara talks about her traumatic experience of almost being Raped by a Police Officer
Gender based violence in South Africa has risen at an alarming rate and celebrities have taken a stand to assist curb the violence against women and youngsters . Songstress Zahara has decided to open up about her unfortunate ordeal where she was almost raped a couple of years ago.
An emotional Zahara was a guest on etv’s The Morning Show for an exclusive interview, where she shares her struggles with gender-based violence. Being a victim herself, the Loliwe hitmaker lent her voice as a part of the #MeToo campaign which shines the sunshine on such violence.
With tears rolling down her cheeks the musician exposes about the incident which happened in East London, within the Eastern Cape, where a policeman offered her a lift and took her to a foreign area in Buffalo park where there are bushes in an effort to rape her.
“I told the officer where I wanted to travel and gave him details of which he ignored. people that know East London alright will know of an area called Buffalo Park which may be a remote area and open fields with many bushes,” she said.
The songstress then went on to mention that the officer took another route, that’s when it immediately clicked to her that the officer had sinister intentions.
“I told him that he made a wrong turn then he shouted at me and told me to shut up. I argued with him and asked why should I shut one’s mouth because I do know where I’m going and it’s not under a bridge.
“He then drove under the bridge and pepper-sprayed me. He made his thanks to a bushy area but luckily it had been on the brink of where my older sister lives,” she recalled.
Zahara then begged mercy from the officer who had taken out his gun in the plan to scare her. She begged for her life and fortunately managed to get away.
The musician is disheartened at the amount of girls who don’t get as lucky as her and find yourself dead from such situations. She is grateful however, that she has scars that keep it up reminding her of the painful experience.