- Helen Ralepelle claims she was offered R100 for lobola many years ago
- She turned down the offer and claims the family threatened to curse her
- Soon afterwards, she discovered her son was autistic
A distraught woman believes turning down a R100 lobola offer ended up putting a curse on her son.
35-year-old Helen Ralepelle, from Soweto, told Daily Sun that she rejected the proposal years ago when her son, Matome, was two years old. He's now 17.
She claimed the family that made the offer then threatened to put a magic spell on her. Helen said her son stopped talking soon afterwards and became autistic.
Helen said her tribulations began when her parents separated. They sent her to live with relatives in Tzaneen, Limpopo. She explained:
When I was only 17, my relatives forced me to date a man who was a known gangster and I eventually got pregnant.
It was while she was there that Motjatji Masemola allegedly proposed the lobola amount on behalf of the alleged gangster, Briefly.co.za gathered.
However, Motjatji denied ever making the proposal, adding:
We had a disagreement because she wanted to move to Joburg and leave her child behind. We wanted her to stay in Limpopo so we could help each other raise him.
We are also prepared to help Matome financially but we don’t know where they live.
The cultural practice of paying dowry has become a bone of contention in recent times. Some women have challenged it.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that a Zimbabwean lawyer moved to the country's constitutional court to have the practice declared unconstitutional.
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