By Margaret Matibiri
IN a world where men are constantly viewed as predators who are out to take advantage of vulnerable young girls, this has not been the case for a pregnant 17-year-old girl who was saved from ending her life by a stranger.
Thokozile(not her real name) had left her village in Matebeleland to work in Harare as a housekeeper.
After one of her visits to her rural home, her employer noticed that she was pregnant and decided to relieve her of her duties and sent her back on the first bus to Bulawayo this Monday morning.
Out of shame and fear of what her relatives would say given her condition, Thokozile dropped off in Mbembesi which is approximately 66km from Bulawayo.
Confused and lost, Thokozile intended to abort her pregnancy and end her life.
As fate would have it, Alfred Ndlovu (24) who was coming from locking up his employers cattle close to her drop off point sensed the imminent danger lurking around the young girl and he would later be her saviour.
“I was just going about my business as usual when i saw her wandering around the bus stop which is about 500meters from where i stay,” narrated Ndlovu.
“I approached her and asked where she was going as she appeared lost.
“She initially lied to me saying she was going to her aunt’s place. Upon further investigations it became apparent that she was lying. She broke down in tears and confided in me that she wanted to abort her preganancy and end her life.
“It was at that moment when i decided that i would not leave her but would take her home until her family or anyone asked her whereabouts.
Ndlovu took the young girl to his home where his wife prepared food for her and a place to stay for the rescued girl.
He went on to call her brother who was only identified as Nkosi, Ndlovu explained the situation and promised to get her on the next bus to Bulawayo as was advised.
“Tuesday morning i took her to the bus and got the drivers contact details and the details of her aunt who was to meet her in Bulawayo and made sure she arrived in her custody safely.”
The girl has since been reunited with her family.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni commended Ndlovu’s actions.
“As the country continues to fight men taking advantage of girls in vulnerable situations it is refreshing to know that we still have responsible young man.”