NTSWAKI Paulos (30) says she was once a pretty hotel receptionist eager to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
However, a fight with her boyfriend in 2010 shattered her dream and pushed her into a life of poverty and despair.
The mother of four, from Mabopane in Tshwane, was left with a horribly marked face. She has undergone surgical treatment, but her skin remains badly scarred.
She told Daily Sun she cannot get any job because her appearance puts people off.
That means she is unable to earn money to support her children. She is appealing to SunReaders for a solution that will improve her looks so that she can get a job again.
“My life has not been the same since the fight. Whenever I look for work, I get turned away. Some people assume I am a violent woman and that I was attacked because of that. Others call me a magosha or gangster.
“But I am far from that kind of person. All I need is to work like I used to and support my kids,” Ntswaki said.
It does not help matters that her boyfriend – the father of her four children – is also unemployed. At least they have stopped fighting.
“We are now both concerned about the future of our kids. They should not suffer because of our fighting in the past,” she said.
If you want to help Ntswaki, call Daily Sun’s Tshwane office on 012 485 9251.