SA celebrates Saray Khumalo as she descends Everest

South African Saray Khumalo has reached the highest point on the planet becoming the first black African woman to scale Mount Everest.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Saray Khumalo will be making her way down Mount Everest on Thursday after becoming the first black African woman to scale the peak.

Many South Africans including Former public protector Thuli Madonsela, took to social media to lend their support to the barrier-breaking SA mountaineer.

The business executive reached the summit in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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This was her fourth attempt at climbing Everest.

She was forced to return during an expedition in 2017.

Incredibly, she came within 100 vertical metres of the summit last time.

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Less than 5,000 people have scaled the peak since the first summit in 1953.

Everest, the world's highest peak, is 8,848 metres above sea level.