Ill pupil’s remarkable feat

Thulani Gqirana

BATTLING to breathe due to a lung infection, a tenacious New Brighton teen demonstrated true grit by writing and passing his matric exams despite flitting back and forth between hospital, home and school.

Cowan High School matriculant Sabatha Heshu, 19, who is still in hospital after being fully admitted the day after he finished exams, received the good news from excited family members who brought him The Herald with the results.

He passed with a matric exemption – the best possible pass level a pupil can achieve.

Heshu, who lives with his aunt and various family members, was diagnosed with an infection in both lungs weeks before the start of the exams and was in and out of hospital while writing.


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