Cop fights depression through beauty pageant

Overcoming depression was one of the achievements of a Midrand police officer in Johannesburg

on her journey in the Mrs South Africa pageant, Midrand Reporter reports.

Just two weeks before the selection of the top 25, Sandra Sibeko said being one of the 100 semi-finalists in the competition has not only improved her confidence but has healed severe depression she has been suffering from since 2014.

“I am glad I am where I am today. I am a different woman to who I was almost four years ago when I was diagnosed and hospitalised for severe depression. When I left the hospital, I had to decide to overcome the condition or allow it to take over my life. Entering this competition was an achievement because I broke down all the walls around me.”

The selection of the semi-finalists will take place at an event at the Emperors Palace on 29 June. She will be going for an interview on 28 June which will play a great role in deciding her fate in the competition.

“I am excited and look forward to the selection day. I have been receiving huge support from people I never thought looked out for me. I am pushing myself the extra mile and doing things I never imagined I would do.”

Her major challenge in the competition has been approaching corporates for sponsorship of R23 000. She currently has only R8 000 more to raise.

“I was used to being in my boots and not being formal. Approaching big companies and selling myself as a brand has shown that I can do a lot that I put my mind to as long as I love what I am doing,” she added.

Sibeko has recently been invited to do motivational talks to inspire young girls. She also has a personal project of getting sponsorship for reusable sanitary pads for girls in rural areas.

“I love helping people and this competition has been about empowering women. I am now more than ever inspired to motivate and inspire other women.”

Her family and especially her husband have been her biggest fans on her journey through the pageant. “He has been very supportive and campaigning for me to get votes. There was a time when I got overwhelmed and wanted to give up and he was there to motivate me and pick me up,” she concluded.


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