- Despite his old age, pensioner Philip Dhlamini followed his dreams and he succeeded
- The 69-year-old student, who hails from Roodepoort, graduated with a degree in law from University of Limpopo (UL)
- His application was initially turned down by the university but Dhlamini took them to court and won
Philip Dhlamini just proved that you are never too old to follow your dreams. The 69-year-old former soldier recently graduated at the University of Limpopo (UL) with a LLB degree.
He was awarded his degree during the university's virtual graduation ceremony on Monday. However, Dhlamini had to fight for his shot to become a lawyer.
After his applications to study at UL and the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape were denied, he drove to Limpopo to find out why he had been rejected.
The 69-year-old pensioner found that the registrar was not aware of some provisions of the law that would permit Dhlamini to study.
So, he decided to fight the battle in court and won when the university settled outside of the courtroom, allowing Dhlamini to study.
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Speaking to The Sowetan, Dhlamini revealed he became a full-time student in 2015 and he was one step closer to realising his dream.
He knew his age would be a topic of discussion but Dhlamini did not plan on anything getting in his way of becoming a lawyer. The pensioner revealed he got along with young people so attending classes with students much younger than him was not a problem.
The father of five said he was inspired to study law one day when he saw the injustices during the previous regime.
In 2013, Dhlamini retired as a member of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). He then worked at a Pretoria law firm as a litigation manager.
He now plans on practising law and has already applied to several firms to complete his articles.
His story was posted on social media and South Africans were inspired by the elderly man's drive to reach his dreams.
Mulalo Nedzamba commented:
"It's never too late to pursue one's dreams. Congratulations."
Ziphelele Ndlezana said:
"Wow what a inspiration... It's never too late. Congratulations madala."
Sinky Chauke wrote:
"This made me realise that I'm still too young to think I'm too old for school. I am truly inspired by his moves. Well done grandfather."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that an elderly woman achieved a wonderful feat as she recently graduated at the age of 64.
She recently completed a National Diploma in Early Childhood Education. News of her achievement spread like wildfire via social media and has already inspired thousands.