Christmas without mummy

Great success. Emmaline Pillay with her niece Grade 1, W.A Lewitt’s pupil Evelyn Pillay (5) who excelled in her exams despite the family’s ordeal. She received the award for Excellent Academic Performance.

Pillay’s husband Ravi Chetty hanged himself in the holding cells of Mountain Rise police station hours before confessing to her murder and revealing the secret of where he hid her body.
Despite losing their mum and their dad, Pillay’s children have bravely dealt with the ordeal of not only the trauma but also being removed from their home by social workers and housed in a place of safety. Vanessa’s sister Emmaline has now managed to get them back knowing that she will have to play the role of mother to the three children aged 7, 5 and 2 years old respectively.
“They are part of our sister. Vanessa would have wanted us to care for them,” said Emmaline.
“The girls are still with me and its life changing. They mean so much to me and as long I am around, I will always ensure their safety and that they are protected,” said Emmaline.
Emmaline says although the children have been and are currently going through so much, they have still persevered with their schooling. One of the daughters has even received an award for outstanding performances in her grade.
“I can honestly say that there has been no time to actually absorb or digest all that’s happened this far. But, having the kids with me has helped fill a void,” added Emmaline.

Byrone Athman

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