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A heartbreaking picture of a 16-year-old girl accepting an honours degree on behalf of her dead mother has left many South Africans in tears

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A heartbreaking picture of a 16-year-old girl accepting an honours degree on behalf of her dead mother has left many South Africans in tears

The picture of Akhona Wali, dressed in blue jeans and a black leather jacket, walking onto the stage to accept the certificate from Nelson Mandela University registrar Edgar de Koker has gone viral.

Her mother, Nandipha Wali, 41, a Grade 7 maths, science and technology teacher at Charles Duna Primary School in Gqeberha’s New Brighton township, obtained a Bachelor of Education honours degree this year, majoring in educational psychology.

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