Graduates with Disabilities Excel Against all Odds
Four students with disabilities have graduated with Social Science degrees from UKZN.
Mr Lance Ross, a cancer survivor who became blind at the age of three, graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree in Industrial Organisational Labour Studies.
Ross said he is excited about his huge accomplishment and wants to work with trade unions in the future.
Mr Nkosenhle Duma was diagnosed with glaucoma soon after he matriculated and his eyesight rapidly deteriorated due to the condition. In spite of his disability, Duma adapted to his blindness and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree, majoring in Industrial Organisational Labour Studies.
Duma explained that his affliction made things difficult but he was able to overcome challenges thanks to support from his parents. ‘I am so excited to have graduated', he said.
Wheelchair-bound Ms Thandeka Hlongwa, who suffered juvenile arthritis from the age of nine, graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Management and Politics.
Hlongwa has always wanted to get a tertiary qualification that would allow her to work as a professional and in a space able to accommodate the disabled.
Mr Thulasizwe Mathenjwa, who suffered paralysis from the neck down after he was shot in a drug related incident seven years ago, says the incident motivated him to turn away from crime and live an honest life.
Mathenjwa graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Geography and Environmental Management. He said he is passionate about the environment and politics and wants to follow a career in those fields.