In October this year Alison Botha's attackers will be eligible for a parole hearing. She dreads the men's possible release and wants to keep them behind bars.
NATIONAL NEWS - The two men guilty of the 1994 Port Elizabeth horror attack during which Alison Botha's throat was slit could soon get parole.
During Sunday's M-Net Carte Blanche TV interview Botha, who now lives in the Garden Route (the George Herald is withholding the name of the town), said she is petrified that Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger will want to take revenge. Their parole will be considered in October. Botha was found in the road by a passerby who took her to hospital after she was stabbed more than 30 times in the abdomen and repeatedly had her throat slashed.
A supporter started a petition in 2012 to prevent Alison's attackers from being released, and so far almost 16 000 people have signed.
At the time Botha wrote on her Facebook page, "It seems that they have already started a parole hearing process with my one attacker, Theuns Kruger, that I was unaware of. This has been cancelled and will start again once I have given my representation. This doesn't mean that the parole is denied - just that it hasn't yet been approved, and will still have to go through the correct process. As far as Frans du Toit is concerned, we are in a similar position in that the parole hearing process is underway..."
The petition is still active and has gained renewed momentum since her appearance on Carte Blanche. Her attackers may reapply for parole in October this year.
In the Carte Blanche interview Botha said it was through sheer willpower that she crawled to the road to get help. "When they slit my throat they left only one muscle intact," she explained. She was raped by both. Now that they are applying for parole, the nightmares are coming back to haunt Botha, whose motivational talks have taken her all over South Africa and to many countries abroad.
Botha's attackers have served 17 years of their sentence and Judge Chris Jansen, who sentenced them, said he intended to put them away for life. However, new parole laws require 'lifers' to be examined for eligibility for parole.
In the meantime, Sabrina, a single mother from America, has started an online relationship with Du Toit via Facebook. Sabrina's mother, desperate to stop to the relationship, contacted Botha. A prison official said prisoners are not allowed to own cellphones and only have access to internet during educational training.
However, prisoners manage to circumvent this rule. The concerned US parents are doing everything in their power to prevent their daughter from visiting Du Toit in prison. She was once on the point of flying to SA, but her son put up such a fuss that she cancelled her flight.
Botha appealed to the public to sign the petition to keep Du Toit and Kruger in jail. "Spread the word and thank you for your support and interest." Botha is the author of I have Life.