Burn survivor inspires SA with her powerful story: “I'm not ashamed”

- A brave young lady shared a powerful message via social media and South Africans sat up and took note

- Sphelele Noxie Mhlongo revealed that she was burnt years ago, but survived to tell the tale

- She revealed her scars for all to see and spread a message of acceptance and encouragement

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Sphelele Noxie Mhlongo suffered burns when she was younger and the scars serve as a daily reminder.

Human nature generally nudges burn victims to remain isolated and withdraw from showing off their scars, but the brave young woman has taken a different approach.

In an inspirational Facebook post, she proudly showcased her scars and shared a powerful message in the process.

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Rather than take pity, she called on South Africans to admire her strength and resilience. Her caption read:

"Burn survivor,
"I'm not ashamed of my face, my voice or my story to open doors and get my message into the large world. I try to create a soft introduction to engage people and bring them into the world of burns.I think you should leave the scars, it not as bad as you think. It look better because it healed,and besides I already have a classical beauty. This give me a romantic beauty as well. If am going to succeed n my mission, I must put a new face on the world of burns survivor. At the same time, I recognise that I have to pull people gently at a pace they can accept my scars. I must create an environment where burns are looked at more kindly and more understanding. Please don't feel sorry for me am a survivor, just give me words that can make me stronger than before #MANJOMANE THE SURVIVOR."

Briefly.co.za noted that her post sparked a massive reaction after being shared in the #ImStaying Facebook group.

The post attracted a whoping 41 000 likes and thousands of comments, as South Africans lauded her for her bravery.

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Balram Mackaduch said,

"A well-motivated, strong and courageous woman. May we learn to accept our limitations and adversities from you. God Bless you. You are wonderful."

Mandy Darson added,

"You are beautiful even with your scars."

Anne Lawrie said,

"May God bless you, beautiful lady, and may He continue to grant you strength and courage and fill your life with love and happiness."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that being scarred for whatever reason leaves most people feeling very self-conscience and shy, but one local woman is standing proud - showing off her scars.

The brave young woman took to Twitter to say that her scars show that she's healing and she's serving as an inspiration to others with her beautifully positive attitude.

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