Narie's good deed in taking her niece out of a rural school to give her good education left her feeling betrayed and heartbroken. After barely a month, she found out that her husband was having an affair with her niece.
Abusing her new-found freedom as a university student, Mbali spent her weekends partying with friends, despite being a member of the Universal Church. After completing matric, she moved to another province to study for a degree in public administration.
"Growing up, my mother and I lived in a family house with my grandparents who physically and emotionally abused us. My mother was working, but she could not buy clothes or food for us because she was forced to give my grandparents her salary.
Tracy was devastated when she lost her mother at the age of 19. She thought moving in with her boyfriend, who fathered her three children, was going to help her heal. Little did she know that she was exposing herself to physical and emotional abuse.
"I was already attending services at the Universal Church when I envied the life my friends lived. My father resigned from his job due to illness and we depended on the small profit made by my mother's sewing business.
"Being raised by a stepmother who refused to love and accept me was the most painful experience in my life. I lived with my father's new family after he separated from my mother when I was six years old.