Ontlametse Phalatse and Jacob Zuma
But before she died, President Jacob Zuma visited her on March 25. Ontlametse Phalatse had always wished for a visit from the president. After hearing about the death of Ontlametse Phalatse, president Zuma released a statement. The statement is as below.
“Our lives were most touched by meeting Ontlametse last month. 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,” he said in a statement.
“May her spirit inspire all others living with disabilities or facing any difficulty, to soldier on as she did and live life to the fullest. We are really proud of her. We wish to convey our utmost condolences to her mother, her whole family and the Ontlametse Phalatse Trust for this sad loss. May her soul rest in eternal peace.”
According to the Phalatse family, Ontlametse was surrounded by her mother, brother, family members and friends.
Read their statement on the next page.