MR SANDI: In your statement you said you were there when the people were shot at Bisho and today you are going to tell us about what you saw and what happened to you. I will hand over to you so that you tell the Commission about what happened to you.
MS HLEKANI: Yes I am one of the victims who were there. At the time I was 21 years old. I was doing standard 10. We left Victoria grounds for Bisho. Not far from Bisho just from the tar road to the gravel road I noticed that there was noise by I didn't know what was happening. I continued. There was an announcement that we should lie down because there was a shooting. I couldn't believe at the time but I could hear that something was happening.
MS HLEKANI: I couldn't move, I struggled. Two gentlemen came and took me to the ambulance. I was taken to the Grey Hospital. When I arrived there it was already full and we lay down. The ambulances from Frere Hospital came, I was taken to Frere Hospital again.
MS HLEKANI: Yes there is a lot. The bullet penetrated my back. I have a problem in my spinal cord. My right leg is paralysed. I have got a kidney problem where I have an artificial valve in my kidney. I will never survive without that artificial stand.
MS HLEKANI: Yes. I couldn't sit for the exams in 1992 because I was kept in hospital until February 1993. I couldn't stand up, I was in bed for the whole year. In 1994 I went back to start with my standard 10. In May I had this kidney problem, I had to undergo another operation, that was a drawback in my life. When I came back in August I asked the principal for permission to write my exams. I tried but I didn't succeed. I tried in 1995 the supplementary exams. What I think about this, my classmates used to come and tell me I am somewhere else, I am at the college, and if I was
MS HLEKANI: Because I am highly dependent on my father I told myself that when I pass standard 10 I am going to pursue nursing studies so that I will be able to get some allowance, and when I qualify I will try and further my studies at university level.
MS HLEKANI: No I don't think so but I try because my parents advised me to go to the institution called Academy of Learning to do some computer studies so that if I happen to get a diploma I will be able to go back and finish my standard 10. Right now I am at the Academy of Learning.
MS HLEKANI: Everything was well in September on the 19th if I am not mistaken I received a cheque, the amount that I claimed, but they said the cheque delayed because I was supposed to get that claim December this year. But as attorneys they made another application so that I can get the interest of that amount.