Condolences for Ontlametse

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the family of Ontlametse Phalatse and her trust.

Last month, President Zuma met Ontlametse, one of the two South African young women living with Progeria, an extremely rare genetic disorder in which symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age.

“She was very special indeed. I was impressed by her sharp intellect, warm personality, brilliant ideas and her determination to use her condition to motivate others that they can achieve their goals regardless of any challenges. A brave young fighter has fallen,” President Zuma said.

The President hopes the spirit of Ontlametse inspires all others living with disabilities or facing any difficulty, to soldier on as she did and live life to the fullest.

The President remains committed to fulfilling his undertaking to help the family with a house according to Ontlametse's wishes.
“May her soul rest in eternal peace," said President Zuma. –


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