- An inspirational story was shared via social media about the importance of never giving up on one's dreams
- A madala dreamt of becoming a lawyer for his whole life, but worked odd jobs during the 1970s to fund his studies
- He completed 2 different degrees, but still pursued his LLB and his dream was finally realised on Thursday as he became an admitted attorney at the age of 76
Mr Gaza's story embodies the fact that one should never give up on your dreams.
It was his lifelong dream to become a lawyer, but resources were always an issue - he therefore did odd jobs since 1974 to fund his studies.
In 1984, he obtained his first degree, which was a Bachelor of commerce.
Gaza's passion for learning was evident as he completed his second degree in 1991 - a Bachelor of Arts.
He worked as an ABET teacher, but Briefly.co.za gathered that Gaza wasn't fulfilled.
He said, “I have always wanted to be a lawyer, the LLB route was the hardest but not enough for me to give up on it as I told myself that I will be worst ancestor should I join my ancestors without an achievement as an attorney.”
After 14 long years, Gaza finally completed his LLB degree, but it took another four years to complete the board exams.
It was worth the wait as on Thursday, the hardworking madala was finally admitted as an attorney - at the ripe old age of 76.
However, the process was not a foregone conclusion due to his age and other factors.
Seiso Mpho Modisenyane shared the story via Facebook and the post went viral, as it touched thousands of South Africans.
Lyndre Anderson commented, "Wow what an awesome inspiration to the young generation! Congratulations to you Sir."
Lizette Pretorius said, "Wow well done Mr Gaza Attorney at law. Now that is inspiring."
Vanessa Bristow added, "Determination, tenacity and an honour to your ancestors! Marvelously well done."
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