Granny moved to tears


COFIMV­ABA Se­nior Sec­ondary School ma­tric­u­lant Mphoen­tle Pil­iso, who came sec­ond in the quin­tile 3 schools in South Africa and third in the East­ern Cape in the 2017 ma­tric ex­ams, moved her grand­mother to tears last week.

The Chris Hani District East pupil’s 63-year-old grand­mother, Buy­iswa Pil­iso, broke down in tears as she paid trib­ute to Mphoen­tle's mother, who died when she was two, say­ing she would have been proud.

Mphoen­tle, who is orig­i­nally from But­ter­worth, is part of a fam­ily where the whole house­hold re­lies on Buy­iswa's grant to take care of the fam­ily of three grand­chil­dren, two un­cles, an aunt and the grand­mother.

Mphoen­tle, the el­dest grand­child, said she was mo­ti­vated to study hard be­cause she wanted to sup­port her grand­mother to take care of the fam­ily.

“Na­tion­ally I achieved sec­ond po­si­tion in

quin­tile 3 and came third in the East­ern Cape based on over­all marks, with seven dis­tinc­tions. I will study to be a doc­tor at the Univer­sity of Cape Town and when I qual­ify I will spe­cialise in car­di­ol­ogy.

“The sit­u­a­tion at home mo­ti­vated me to study ev­ery mo­ment I had. I love my grand­mother be­cause she has sac­ri­ficed so much for me. When my mother died, my fa­ther dis­ap­peared and my grand­mother be­came my mother. I can­not find the words to de­scribe how much I love her.”

Mphoen­tle said she nearly cried when she was hon­oured on Jan­uary 4 in Jo­han­nes­burg by Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­jie Mot­shekga and in the East­ern Cape by Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle.

Buy­iswa, in tears, said: “I did not think she would be able to write the fi­nal exam be­cause from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber she was sick and had dif­fi­culty breath­ing. The school would call me to fetch her or in­form me that she was in hos­pi­tal on oxy­gen and the doc­tors could not iden­tify the prob­lem.

“Dur­ing that time I prayed hard be­cause her con­di­tion was bad. The fam­ily sup­ported Mpho. She loves to study. I even had to stop her from study­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days.”

Al­though it would hurt to say good­bye to her grand­daugh­ter as she headed off to univer­sity, she would re­lease her to do what she had been born to do, the grand­mother said.

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