Ontlametse Phalatse, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder which causes premature ageing, had her bucket-list fulfilled when she met with President Jacob Zuma. It was her wish to meet the President before her 18th birthday, which was on 25 March 2017.
Sadly, Ontlametse passed away on the morning of 12 April 2017. "A brave young fighter has fallen. May her spirit inspire all others living with disabilities or facing any difficulty, to soldier on as she did and live life to the fullest. We are really proud of her," Zuma said in a statement.
The President ensured that Ontlametse’s family received the car that he had promised her. The car, which was going to be a surprise and would have been handed over to her on the Presidents birthday on 12 April, was handed over to her mother.