- A woman lost both her parents while studying towards her degree
- She worked as a domestic worker to fund her studies
- The lady ended up forming a father-daughter bond with her employer
Ntombizodwa Merriam Mahlangu - a University of South Africa graduate - inspired the country with a social media post on Tuesday.
Mahlangu opened up about her relationship with her 'adoptive' father who stepped up after her parents passed away.
The lady revealed she was busy with her studies when she lost both her parents. She started working as a domestic help to make a living and fund her studies.
However, Mahlangu formed an unusual bond with her employer, advocate A.J.A Cornelius. She revealed the kind man informally adopted her as his own daughter and he even showed up for her graduation.
The inspiring post was shared on #ImStaying and it read:
"#ImStaying because of my father, Adv A.J.A Cornelius. Our relationship started when I worked for him as a domestic worker and raising his daughter. He informally adopted me as his one of his daughters as well. This platform is not enough to share everything that he has done for me."
"I lost both my parents during my studies. He is the only parent I had on my graduation day. I hope my uncles will understand when I ask them to keep his portion from my ‘lobola'."
The post gathered over 20 000 reactions in just nine hours and South Africans were in awe of the father-daughter relationship.
Zonke Haise commented:
"God bless Mr Cornelius and keep him safe. Congratulations to you Ntombizodwa, keep going."
Pam Bedford said:
"Fantastic story and well done on your achievements."
Precious Mashanda wrote:
"The world needs more people like him, may God bless him. Congratulations on your achievements."
Ingrid Maritz added:
"He must be so proud of you... and you of him!"
Geraldine Alexander commented:
"Beautiful happily ever after story. Congratulations to both of you."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported on a kind SA family who helped raise their domestic worker's grandson.
A woman, Kerry Schultz, gushed about her family and the little boy who crawled into their hearts. Schultz shared snaps of her son, Jack, and her domestic worker's grandson, Njabulo, who is also known as Boembie.
Schultz's family formed a bond with the little boy as they helped raised him to help his mom finish her studies.
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