South Africa 19.4.2017 07:44 pm

Some of the most touching moments from Ontlametse’s memorial

Zimbabwean artist Libani Sirenje painted a stunning portrait of Ontlametse at her memorial service today.

Zimbabwean artist Libani Sirenje painted a stunning portrait of Ontlametse at her memorial service today.

Ontlametse Phalatse was the only black female in South Africa diagnosed with progeria, a rare disease that causes children to age rapidly.

Phalatse was known for her courageous spirit and her determination to live her life despite the debilitating disease.

Last month she paid a special visit to President Jacob Zuma at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu Presidential House in the Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria.

Below are some of the best moments at her memorial service which took place on Wednesday.

An artist worked on a portrait of Phalatse at her memorial in full view of guests:


The Tshwane Gospel Choir led a tribute in song:


Her school teacher gave a touching tribute of how they first met:


Phalatse’s wish to get a house for her family will be fulfilled government officials said at the memorial:

Phalatse’s memorial was trending on Twitter with many paying their respects for the brave soul that she was:

https://twitter.com/Mexen_Moyane/status/854740979638706176

https://twitter.com/Hope_inmy_lungs/status/854736674017992705

ALSO READ:

Ontlametse Phalatse loses battle with progeria

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