- South Africa was touched by the recent emotional graduation of the late Gerbrandt Kotze and now his mother has her say
- Gerbrandt was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 and passed away in May 2018
- His mother revealed Gerbrandt's deep sense of humanity as his aim was to start an orphanage
Amanda Kotzé went up to accept her late son’s master’s degree on Tuesday.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that her son, Gerbrandt, was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2017.
After initially responding well to chemotherapy, his conditioned worsened.
Sadly, he passed away on 28th May 2018.
However, he continued to work on his master’s thesis while battling the disease and it was confirmed that he qualified to graduate 2 weeks after his death.
Amanda has now opened up and revealed her emotions when collecting the degree.
YOU magazine reported that she felt mixed feelings – she really wished he could be present to collect it but also felt a sense of immense pride.
Briefly.co.za understands that Gerbrandt’s is a rare case in that it affected him at such a young age and the manner in which it spread to his liver.
Amanda revealed that the treating doctors weren’t initially suspecting cancer.
He wasn’t feeling well but they suspected a bad bout of flu or that it was stress-related.
Amanda added that her son was committed to helping his fellow man.
She said: “Anywhere he could uplift people and instil a love of science in them. To be honest, if it were up to him, he probably would’ve started an orphanage.”
Amanda also takes great comfort in the knowledge that Gerbrandt was well loved and touched the lives of many.
Many friends and church members have approached the family since his passing and shared heart-warming tales of their son’s kindness.
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