Amid all the 2018 matric success stories, 19-year-old Keisha Ruiters’ story stands out above the rest.
Keisha Ruiters was enrolled at Hoërskool Marian RC in the Western Cape and wrote her NSC finals during November while battling leukaemia.
She became ill while writing her second History paper on 21 November 2018 and was admitted to Hospital where she wrote English HL 3 and Afrikaans FAL 3.
Her last paper was written on November 26, and Keisha passed away eight days later. Her mother, Lynette Ruiters, told Die Son later that her daughter was the best child any parent could ask for.
Lynette’s heart swelled with pride when she collected Keisha’s matriek results from the school on Friday. Keisha received a distinction and bachelor pass. She achieved 69% in English HL, 72% for Afrikaans FAL, 75% for Life Orientation, 63% for Math Literacy, 69% for Life Sciences, 59% for CAT and 94% for History.
History was the last paper she wrote at school before being admitted to the hospital, and her teacher said that she would have achieved 100% if she was stronger.
Lynette said that History was Kiesha’s favourite subject and that she was proud of her daugher’s results:
“Ja ek was trots en hartseer op dieselfde tyd, want sy’t baie goed gedoen en veral haar gunstelling vak, Geskiedenis, ‘n A.” (Yes, I was proud and sad at the same time because she did so well, especially her favourite subject, History, an A.)
Keisha also received five diplomas during her final school year. One for Top Achiever in History, another a Courage and Perseverance Award that was given to “a learner who always strives to do their best.”
Keisha was diagnosed with Leukaemia in May 2017 and began treatment almost immediately. Doctors were hopeful that it would be effective because Keisha exhibited the same symptoms as other patients who responded favourably to the treatment.
Lynette said that seeing her daughter suffer through the treatments wasn’t easy. Keisha lost her hair and the chemo severely affected her. Lynette remained strong for her daughter and never cried while in Keisha’s company, but behind closed doors, she allowed the tears to come.
“Voor haar moes ek my sterk en positief hou. Somtyds het ek gewens ek kon die pyn wegvat van haar.” (I had to remain strong and positive when I was with her. Sometimes I wished I could take her pain away.)
Watch: Lynette Ruiters’ interview
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news
Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.
Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.
Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.
She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.
Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.
He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.
Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.
“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.
Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
This is a developing story.
Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video
The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.
The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.
The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.
“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”
According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.
“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.
“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.
“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”
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