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I wanted to surprise Ontlametse on my birthday - Zuma

21 April, 01:09 PM

18-year-old Ontlametse Phalatse, suffered a rare genetic disorder called Progeria and sadly passed away last Tuesday.

Expected by doctors to only live to 14, Phalatse had an infectious spirit. Shortly before her death she celebrated her 18th birthday with President Jacob Zuma, this was on her bucket list.

Watch the president speak at her funeral

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