- The 2017 matric results have been released
- One of the top performers is a special needs student
- He has plans on becoming president of South Africa in the future
The release of the matric results from 2017 has been celebrated and top achievers share their stories with the rest of South Africa.
One 18-year-old with special needs, Tumelo Mashigo, has shown that the matrics of last year were a special group.
Briefly.co.za learned of Mashigo who was invited to a special event to celebrate the country's top achievers. He is the second-best performing learner with special needs.
Despite the challenges he has faced he has big plans and is determined to become president of South Africa according to thesouthafrica.co.za.
He was born with phocomelia, the condition results in children being born with shortened arms and legs. With these challenges, his battles were more than just academic in nature.
“I did not have enough friends because many kids were scared … but these last few years have been great for me,” he said.
Due to his condition, he was often the victim of bullying, instead of focusing on the negative Mashigo put his energy into his schoolwork.
He plans to study International Relations which would help him to realise his dream of becoming president.
The academically gifted child has already some leadership experience under his belt as deputy head boy at Muriel Brand School in Brakpan Johannesburg.
The well-spoken young gentleman would make an excellent president, perhaps he is just what South Africa needs.
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