- Thulani Mhlwana endured severe injuries following an assault from a group of men
- The attack took place on a train as Thulani was on his way to school and resulted in him losing his leg
- Despite the horrific incident, Thulani picked himself up and represented South Africa at an international convention in India recently
Thulani Mhlwana embodies the fighting spirit that South Africans have become known for.
The young man recalled how his life changed five years ago when he shared a touching Facebook post recently.
In July 2014, Thulani was travelling to his college in Ekurhuleni when his life changed forever.
As he boarded the train, a group of thugs isolated and assaulted him in an attempt to rob him of his mobile phone and tablet.
Thulani was flung from the moving locomotive and his leg got stuck in the process. Sadly, it was severed in the process.
He suffered other painful head and neck injuries as well, but was treated at Pholosong and O.R Tambo Memorial Hospital.
In his inspirational Facebook post via the #ImStaying group, Thulani explained how he picked himself up and completed his studies in Computer Science and Information Technology.
His talent was recently recognised as he was the only black South African to represent the country and the continent at IIBA Business Analyst Convention in India.
Briefly.co.za noted that Thulani's uplifting story had a major impact on South Africans as they praised him for his perseverance and fighting spirit.
Ntombi Nkosi took pride in Thulani's achievement:
"Am so proud of you for putting up such positive attitude, despite all odds you are still heading up."
Jane Shipalane admired his looks and faith:
"Wow, you're such a cutie, very inspirational and your Faith will take u far, God bless u more."
Dalien Rene Benecke predicted a bright future:
"You are destined for amazing things."
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