Duped into unknowingly carrying books with heroin hidden in the covers, Vanessa was arrested, sentenced to death, pregnant, terrified and desperately alone in a Thai prison in Bangkok. She lost so much, having to give up her daughter as well, who was born in prison. Hatred, unforgiveness and pain plagued her with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. She gave up on life. Vanessa returned to South Africa after being in prison for sixteen and a half years, having overcome many life threatening challenges and obstacles.
She did not allow this horrific journey to cripple her future. Today Vanessa is a Motivational Speaker, a Counsellor, an Author, has appeared on numerous local and international TV & Radio Talk Shows and is actively running Community Empowerment Projects. This setback has journeyed into a major comeback. Her testimony is a life changing must hear, bringing with it encouragment, strength, hope and brings a tenacity to arise, and go forth doing what has been dormant for too long.