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PRETORIA - Ontlametse Phalatse will buried in her hometown of Hebron in the North West on Friday.
The 18-year-old passed away last Tuesday at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa after experiencing breathing difficulties.
Phalatse had been living with a rare genetic condition that causes rapid ageing, called progeria.
President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the funeral service.
Phalatse’s doctors did not think she would live to see her 14th birthday, but on March 25 she turned 18 after finishing her matric.
Her ambition was to see her family living in a decent house and owning a car.
During his 75th birthday celebrations, Zuma presented Phalatse’s family with a car. Last month the President fulfilled the young lady’s other wish which was to meet him on her 18th birthday.
PICTURED: Mourners listen to the proceedings during the memorial service of Ontlametse Phalatse on April 19, 2017 in Hebron. CREDIT: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele
Despite being aware of her short life expectancy, Phalatse lived life to the full and as a result, she inspired many people with terminal illnesses to do the same.
“Ontlametse will be remembered for her sharp intellect, warm personality, brilliant ideas and her determination to use her condition to motivate others that they can achieve their goals regardless of any challenges,” the Presidency said.
During the memorial service, Johanna Maswanganyi from the Department of Human Settlements said she had visited Phalatse’s home a day before she passed away. She said the department will fulfil its promise to build Phalatse’s mother a house.
The Presidency said Zuma also remains committed to fulfilling his undertaking to help the Phalatse family with a house.
Phalatse’s funeral service will be held on Friday at Stand 696 Motseng Section, Hebron Village.
African News Agency