- Sandra has been married for 10 years and has 2 kids
- She had depression in 2014 after "forgetting about herself"
- She entered Mrs South Africa beauty pageant to rebuild her confidence and reached the semifinal stage this year
A policewoman based in Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal, has overcome depression to reach the semifinal stage of the prestigious Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa pageant.
Sandra Sibeko has been married for 10 years and has two children aged 11 and seven, Briefly.co.za learned.
In 2014, she experienced depression because, in the process of looking after her family, she had "forgotten about herself."
Speaking to ladysmithgazette.co.za, Sandra said:
I had severe depression and it felt like nothing was working. I had forgotten who I was and with looking after my family and them being my focus, I had forgotten about myself.
This motivated her to join the pageant, not only for herself, but also for other women:
I wanted to motivate other women and remind them that before they had a husband and family, they had goals and dreams for themselves. They shouldn’t have to give up any of that; they can still achieve their dreams and goals.
Although she was nervous and not confident at first, she eventually got it right after the other contestants supported her.
Sandra was thrilled when she reached the semifinal stage at this year's contest, which Johannesburg-based mom Nicole Capper eventually won. She said:
Thank you to the community, my family, friends and everyone who supports me. I didn’t realise people would be this supportive.
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