Determination knows no bounds

2016-09-07 06:00

PROVING that all it takes to be successful is hard work and determination is Khetho Nzama, an orphan, now in his third year of law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, the 21-year-old said he grew up without knowing his parents and only met his father for a short period before he died.

“I never knew who my mother was. I grew up with my grandmother, but because she was unemployed she couldn’t look after me and at the age of eight I went to Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home and lived there for the next 10 years.

“I went to Alston Primary School and matriculated from Haythorne Secondary in 2013.

“I had absolutely nothing growing up. When you don’t have any guidance from parents or siblings it’s easy to get involved in wrong things. You feel as though you have no one and even God is not on your side.

“But I realised eventually that I needed to make something of my life so I could live the life I wanted and focused, put my head down and studied hard,” he said.

Nzama was supported by various people along the way after school, who also paid for his application and registration fees and he was awarded a bursary from Natalia for three years of his studies.

In the beginning of his studies he had to walk from his home in Woodlands to university in Scottsville on some days because he could not get a lift into town and did not have money for a taxi.

“It was tough, but somehow I managed, and now it’s better,” he said.

He added that it has always been his dream to be a lawyer because he wants to fight for the rights of women and children who are abused and taken advantage of.

Nzama passed everything since his first year in varsity and, in his latest results, received As and Bs.

“It was always a dream of mine to study. When I was young I used to pray a lot and that gave me the faith. I needed to do well and trust that everything will be okay. Most young people, who are faced with the same circumstances I was faced with, get involved in drugs or end up on the street.

“I want them to know that if I can become someone, so can they. They don’t have to give into peer pressure. You just need to have faith in something, even if Christianity is not your religion, believe in something and pray that something better comes along,” said Nzama.

Nzama is looking for funding for his fourth year at university to get his LLB degree.

For more information about Nzama,
contact the Maritzburg Fever offices at 033 355 1358.

I had absolutely nothing growing up. When you don’t have any guidance from parents or siblings it’s easy to get involved in wrong things. I realised eventually that I needed to make something of my life so I could live the life I wanted and focused, put my head down and studied hard.

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