Despite the incredible odds against him, Qobo Ningiza became the first-ever deaf student in South Africa to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree. Qobo is making his mark in history and making Mzansi proud.
The University of Cape Town is proud that one of its graduates are making history by being the first deaf South African to earn a law degree.
Qobo Ningiza was born as the 5th of 6 children and raised in Ntseshe location, Ngqamakhwe District in the Eastern Cape.
The young man faced many an obstacle, including poor learning resources as a deaf student, and limited chances of furthering his education.
Despite this, he held on to his dream of earning his degree, and on 12 April all his determination and hard work will be recognised when he receives his Bachelor of Laws degree.
Briefly.co.za learnt that a proud Qobo says his dream is to help people in need.
There is nothing I want more than to make a difference in other people’s lives. I believe that we are a country with a lot of potential and that many of our problems would disappear if we focused our energy on assisting those in need.
Qobo will pursue a career in human rights law and is setting an amazing example for every South Africa with a dream that looks impossible.
Getting to where he is today wasn't easy, as Qobo struggled to find a university that would accommodate him, and he was met with rejection.
However, the University of Cape Town helped him with his registration and assisted in getting him access to bursaries.
Good on them for being instrumental in making a committed young student's dreams come true.
Congratulations, Qobo! May you enjoy a blessed and successful career.
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