NAME ::: Siphiwe Hlophe COUNTRY ::: Swaziland
My name is Siphiwe and I grew up in this area here in Swaziland. I live here with my family. I was born in 1935. I went to Zimbawe and gave birth to my children there. But I came home here and I met another husband. My children are still in Zimbabwe.
My family was poor, so we were struggling a lot. But I believe that god helped me to survive that and now I live here and I’m good.
What is most important to you?
I think the most important thing in my live is god and my belief in him. I can do everything I want, but without god I’m nothing.
What has influenced you the most in your life?
What has influenced me the most in my life is that I’am child of god and that I found god. I guess that was the biggest influence in how I see the world and my trust in life.
What has been an important turning point in your life?
When I was very young I was struggling a lot and with finding god that changed a lot for me. Now I can live life as I want, now where I’m old, but for every decision I make I consult god.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is my creator. I’m very old so I have to worship god until he comes and gets me. I can look back on life and can think of what I had.
In my everyday life I’m happy because the children I gave birth to are still alive and I can see my grandchildren and the ytry to make me happy as they buidl this house for me and I have them around me all the time.
What are you personally proud of?
I’m proud of being a mother. In the sense of that god has changed a lot of live with me becoming a mother. And now seeing my children taking responsibility for me makes me proud too.
What have been the biggest struggles in your life?
When I went to Zimbabwe I got abused by my husband at that time. I got almost to the point where I felt like killing him. He was hitting me a lot. What changed my mind to not killing him, it just came to me. I wanted to poison him as I wanted to run away, but never found a chance. So I thought about poisoning him. But then he went to work one day and I found a chance to run away.
After that I came to Johannesburg and had a boyfriend there. One night we got robbed and he ran away and the thief raped me. It made be lose faith in man for a very long time, but today I’m grateful that I did not get any sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and can still live.
What would you change in your life, if you could change something?
If I could change something I would change to grow up in poverty. I really loved my husband, but I think it was the poverty thatmade it so difficult for us to live together and not fight. If we would not have lived in poverty I might still be together with him as I really loved him.
What do you wish for your own future?
I does not wish for much as I’m already old, but I wish that my children can be with me until I die. I think I don’t wish to be much older. I feel ready, so whenever god takes me I’m ready. For the future of my children and my grandchildren I wish they will be in good health and that they follow god. In Zimbabwe I left also two children and they have multiplied themselves, so now I have twelve children in Zimababwe. I wish I could go back there and see them once more. If god would allow me I would be happy to see them again. It is now about ten years ago that I saw them the last time, so I really wish to see them once more. But I think it will not happen anymore.