When Mbidlana was in Grade 11 and Grade 12 she suffered emotional and psychological abuse. The matriculant from Grabouw was molested and raped during her matric year.
“I feel honoured and proud of myself because I thought that I was not strong enough and God looks down on his people,” she said.
Mbidlana was given the special ministerial award for 2018 at the Western Cape National Senior Certificate Awards Ceremony at Leeuwenhof last Thursday. She grew up in challenging circumstances and it was her teachers who assisted her through everything. She obtained a Bachelor pass, with her top scores being for English First Additional Language, Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation.
“When things were not right at home I would call my teacher and go and sleep over at her house and study and that is what motivated me,” Mbidlana said.