Forced to raise siblings at 14: 'That’s not how my story ends'

Forced to raise siblings at 14: 'That’s not how my story ends'

- Cabangile Mdluli is a student at University of Cape Town

- At the age of 14, she had to start caring for her siblings on a budget of R640

- However, she remains positive about the future

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Cabangile Mdluli, from KwaZulu-Natal, was just 14 years old when her parents left her to care for her three siblings.

They lived at their grandparents' house and Cabangile had to rely on a social grant of just R640 for food, electricity, and clothing.

Despite this bleak situation, she excelled at school and won a place at the University of Cape Town to study social work.

Such was her rural and poverty-stricken upbringing that she learned of WiFi for the first time when she joined university.

Cabangile also took a shower for the first time there, as she had grown up taking baths using buckets. She is nevertheless grateful for the progress she has made.

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Speaking to Beautiful News, she said:

I was shocked when I found out I was accepted in UCT. It was the beginning of me breaking a cycle poverty in my life.
Even though I started off with R640 and struggled at home, that is not how my story ends

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Cabangile, now aged 21, chose to study social work because it would enable her to help others facing similar challenges.

As Briefly.co.za previously reported, she is already involved in mentoring first and second-year students.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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