He was burnt by his classmates in 2016 after being the 1st black kid in his school to get a rugby scholarship.
Qaphela was walking from the toilets at school when four boys were walking behind him, and one hit him on the head, and he collapsed.
They poured paraffin or thinners, all over his body, and set him on fire.
An ambulance was called, and he was rushed to Paarl Hospital.
They couldn’t help him at Paarl, and he was immediately transferred to Tygerberg Hospital. He was hospitalized from the 13th of September 2016 to the 27th of December 2016.
The reason behind all of this, is because he got a bursary from Hoerskool Garsfontein in Pretoria. Qaphela happens to be the only black guy who is GREAT at rugby at his school, and amongst his teammates, he is the best.
His class teacher, and his family visited him all the time. When he went back to school this year, he didn’t receive any warmth or support, like he expected, but he became a laughing stock”
He didn’t care what his peers said or thought about his appearance. All he wanted was to recover, so he could go back to the field and do what he does best, play rugby!!!
He’s made a remarkable recovery & still loves Rugby very much. He has been feeling depressed lately, as you can imagine after 20 surgeries. Show him some love by sharing this post.
He’s now a Motivational Speaker and encourages other young people not to give up regardless of what they go through.
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