A memorial service for South Africa’s much-loved Ontlametse Phalatse was held today at Mmanotshe Moduane High School in Hebron, North West.
Ontlametse was one of the two South African young women living with Progeria, a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid ageing at a very early age.
She died last Tuesday, at the age of 18, at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa after experiencing breathing difficulties.
Doctors had predicted she wouldn’t live past the age of 14.
Last week Wednesday, during his birthday celebration, President Jacob Zuma presented Ontlametse’s family with a car and said he’d build them a house, a wish Ontlametse had expressed to Zuma before she died.
Her funeral will take place on Friday in Hebron.