- On Wednesday, a man, Judas G-gastapo Sterek Mabunda, detailed how he went from failing his first attempt at university to becoming the first person in his family to graduate
- Mabunda obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2017
- He has since landed a job in the government in the department of correctional services
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Sometimes things don't work out on the first try. While some might give up, Judas G-gastapo Sterek Mabunda decided to pick himself up and try again.
Taking to the #ImStaying Facebook page, Mabunda revealed he failed his first attempt to go to university in 2013.
Because of financial difficulties, Mabunda could not afford to pay for higher education despite passing matric with flying colours.
In 2014, Mabunda got his lucky break when the NSFAS decided to fund his academic year.
"Within my first year at the institution I made it to the top 10 and for that I was awarded with a sponsorship from the Mpumalanga department of education," he wrote.
In 2017, Mabunda bagged his degree in criminal justice, and he became the first person in his family to attend and finish university.
"I was the first in my family to go to university and the first to serve the government. So they say in every family there is that one person who breaks that suffering chain. It's possible stayers no matter how bad your background."
Take a look at his post below:
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South Africans were inspired by his story and applauded Mabunda online for not giving up hope.
Beaurothy Masikane commented:
"What an inspiration, against all odds, keep on shinning and be the hope to others. Well done."
Adielah Van Schalkwy said:
"Well done and congrats."
Cheryl McGladdery added;
"Proud of you. You see, with drive and determination it can be done."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on another graduation success story. A young man detailed one how he hustled to put himself through one of the best universities in the world.
Shannon Satonori Lytle inspired thousands online with his success story - he revealed he worked several jobs, including flipping burgers at McDonald's, to fund his studies.
Lytle's hard work paid off and he ended up graduating from Harvard University.
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