Meluleki Thethwayo, from Mtubatuba, north of KZN, graduated on Thursday with honours after facing numerous challenges in his studies.
Thethwayo said it was hard to express his happiness. “It is unbelievable and I thank God. I can’t believe I’ve achieved this.”
The 22-year-old said a teacher in primary school picked up that he had a visual disability. It was later discovered that he had Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare inherited disease that could lead to complete blindness.
Despite this challenge, he was determined to continue studying. Thethwayo said he had resolved not to go to a school for the disabled as he wanted to maximise his chances of entering university. He defied all the odds to the point that his eye specialist did not believe he had matriculated and was pursuing tertiary studies.