Kader defies the odds

2019-09-10 06:00
Riyaadh KaderPHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Riyaadh KaderPHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Riyaadh Kader’s tenacity, dedication and ability to focus kept him going after he was shot in the back by an alleged gangster.

The incident which happened in 2011 left Kader, a 21-year-old resident from Hanover Park, paralysed from the waist down.

He is currently a Grade 12 learner at Eros School in Bridgetown, Athlone. Once he finishes school, he wants to study to become a lawyer or a human resources manager.

“I want to become a lawyer because I want to break the stereotypes people have of people with disabilities,” he says.

Kader says many people are convinced that there are some things that those with disabilities just cannot do. He plans to prove them wrong.

Putting his dreams into action, he has applied at a few universities.

He also wishes to help his single mother, Whasselah.

He told People’s Post what happened on the night of the shooting.

“My friends and I were sitting on the balcony when we heard gunshots. Before we knew it, guns were pointed at us. We did not know why and thought maybe it was because we were not part of a gang,” he said.

Kader says he felt very confused after the incident. He kept on wondering why this had to happen to him at such a young age.

“But I quickly came to terms with it (being shot),” he says.

After the shooting, Kader was rushed to Groote Schuur Hospital. He says no case was opened.

He does not dwell on the negative. Instead, he focuses on being given a second chance at life. He says he used to be quite active at school, but, due to the mounting pressure of his matric studies, he is no longer able to participate in extra-mural activities.

He encourages his peers to not take life for granted and to stop complaining.

“Don’t let what you don’t have be the reason why you don’t value what you do have,” he says.

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