Last Updated : November 16, 2021
|Quick Info→||Age (2021): 53 Years Old||Husband/Spouse: Tienie Botha|
Alison Botha is the Executive Board Member of Hawaii Pacific Health. Moreover, she is the author of the book I Have Life. She also has a documentary based on her named Alison.
She is a victim and survivor of a crucial assault and attempted murder. The documentary is based on her survival story. She is an inspiration for millions of women who are struggling to survive after such incidents.
|Real/Birth Name:||Alison Botha|
Executive Board Member of Hawaii Pacific Health,
|Famous For:||Documentary Name Alison|
|Family and Siblings|
|Date of Birth:||22 September 1967, Friday|
|Age (As in 2021):||53 Years Old|
|Birth Place:||Port Elizabeth (Now called Gqeberha)|
|Home Town:||Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa|
|School:||The Collegiate High School|
|College:||1. Boston University|
2. University of Wisconsin- Madison
|Ethnicity:||*Don’t Write Black|
|Marriage/Wedding Date:||February 1997|
|Son/s:||1. Daniel Botha (2003)|
2. Name N/A
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Books:||I Have Life|
|Awards & Nomination|
|Awards:||1. Rotarian Paul Harris Award (1995)|
2. Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2017)
3. Best Documentary (2016)
|Nominations:||Best African Documentary|
|Income & Assets|
|Net Worth:||Under Review|
|House Worth:||Under Review|
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Alison Botha was born in 1967 in Port Elizabeth, which is now called Gqeberha, a city in South Africa. Being a Virgo, she celebrates her birthday every year on 22 September. She is 53 years old as of 2021.
Alison Botha grew up with her older brother in her birthplace, Port Elizabeth. Her brother, Neale, is 18 months older than her. Her father’s name is Brian, and her mother’s name is Claire.
When Botha was around ten years old, her parents separated with a divorce. After that, she and her brother started living with their mother. It was a hard time for her when her parents split up.
Talking about her education, she studied at a private school in her hometown. She graduated high school from The Collegiate High School for Girls in Port Elizabeth. Later, she went to college at Boston University.
Besides, she had taken the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Furthermore, she became a motivational speaker at Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) in Melbourne, Victoria.
Alison Botha used to be an insurance broker before the unsettling incident. She continued the job until she was 27 before the attack. The survivor struggled for years before she could stand on two feet.
After a few years, she believed in herself and realized herself as a survivor. So, she became a motivational speaker and inspired millions of victims of assault to believe in themselves as a survivor.
Moreover, she is also the author of a book based on her life named ‘I Have Life’ published in November 1998, which she wrote with co-writer, Marianne.
In her book, she gives people hope to hold onto something in life. Many people lose hope after having brutal experiences. Still, Alison found that hope in life and shared her experience so that other people wouldn’t give up on their life. She is truly such an inspirational and strong-willed person.
On 18 December 1994, two brutal assaulters, Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger, abducted, raped, stabbed, and left Alison Botha, 27, for dead. Frans abducted her when she was getting her laundry from the back of her car, threatening her with a knife.
Alison quietly followed his orders and let him borrow her car. The man told her he wouldn’t hurt her and would only be taking her car for an hour. At the time, she thought of jumping out of the vehicle but was scared and frozen.
On their way, he picked up Theuns and introduced Alison as his new friend. They took her to the outskirts of the city, in a deserted area. There, they raped and suffocated her until she became unconscious.
The attackers didn’t stop at that. After raping her, they stabbed her near the abdomen more than 35 times. They thought she was dead and almost left her at that but saw her leg move.
The assaulter named Theuns then slit her throat deep 17 times and then left her in that deserted place to die. She had to hold her head with one hand because of the deep cut in her neck and press her abdomen with the other to stop her organs from bleeding. She crawled like that towards the road to ask for help.
Miraculously, Alison survived this and became an inspiration to millions and billions of people on Earth. She has proved that a traumatic incident cannot stop a person from living their life.
She has helped not only the victims of rape and women but also everyone who is struggling to leave a past behind and live their life.
The director of her documentary, Carlini, admired Alison’s strength and way of understanding everyone and not only the victims of rape and assault years before it was filmed. Alison admires the way every scene shows the actual horror she felt that day.
The doctor who stitched her wounds, Dr. David Comyn, wipes his tears after years in an interview remembering the day. Likewise, the people who were present there, the prosecutor, the investigator, and the person who found her, Dr. Tiaan Eilerd, also shed tears remembering her condition.
Judge Chris Jansen sentenced Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger to life in jail without the option of parole. However, they became eligible for parole in October of 2004.
During the filming of the documentary, Frans called Carlini and dared to ask for a signed letter of forgiveness from Alison and backdated profits from her book and her motivational talks, and in exchange, he would give an interview for the documentary. As expected, Carlini rejected the offer.
Alison is happily married to Tienie Botha. During her time of recovery, she met him and fell in love. Later, they got married in February 1997.
At the time, Tienie himself was struggling with depression due to childhood trauma. They knew each other many years before but not too well until they met a year again after her attack. They were both fighting depression at the time and became each other’s salvation.
Due to her injuries, it was almost impossible for her to bear a child. But, again, a miracle happened, and she gave birth to her 3.65 kgs son Daniel on 14 November 2003. Later she gave birth to another baby boy.
Her children have asked her about the scars on her neck, to which she replied, “Mommy was hurt, and sometimes when you get hurt you get a scar afterward.”
However, she didn’t want to hide what happened to her from her children and wanted them to hear it from her rather than her book or documentary. She told them the depth of the incident once they were old enough to handle the truth.
Alison Botha is undoubtedly a gorgeous woman. She has beautiful grey eyes and brown hair. She stands at an average height and a moderate weight.
Botha hasn’t revealed any information on her net worth or salary. However, she has made it in her early years as an insurance broker.
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