When she was 5 years old, Betty (not her real name) was on a pavement in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, with her mom when a taxi knocked her down and reversed over her, causing permanent brain damage.
She received an under-settlement of R32 000 from the Road Accident Fund (RAF). Now, aged 12, she is to receive nearly R1.8 million, thanks to a determined lawyer.
Betty’s brain function is so impaired, she had to repeat Grade R twice and then failed Grade 1. She is in a school for children with special needs.
When she turns 18 she will be moved to a facility which will care for her for the rest of her life.