It has always been said that deformity does not necessarily mean disability. Recently, a bold and beautiful lady took to asserting this very axiom through her words and actions. This woman named Smangele Dhladhla is a blind 27-year-old mother of a one-year-old girl.
Recently, she took to sharing her experience as a mother with Daily Sun. It is generally assumed that, given her visual impairment, she should need a lot of help with her child. Well, Smangele has debunked this assumption by saying that she can very well take care of her child herself.
The lady who is from Soweto, South Africa, said that she might be blind but she is definitely not stupid in any way. Her exact words were these: “I’m blind but I’m not stupid. I need hands, ears and a nose to do my work as a mother."
Having said this, Smangele has made it clear that she has no problem catering for her one-year-old child who she named Katekani, a name that means blessing.
Even more, the beautiful lady reminisced about how she had gone to the hospital while she was still pregnant. After confirming that she had a bun in the oven, the hospital attendants asked her if she had been molested by anyone.
This question sort of put Smangele off as it was an insinuation that she could not do normal things everyone did simply because she was pregnant. To counter their assumption, the 27-year-old has this to say: “I am human too. I have feelings and I have a boyfriend. He is also blind.”
Apart from having a fulfilled love life, Smangele was also successful professionally. The mother of one who studied office administration at South West Gauteng College works at UBS in Randburg as an administrator.
Even more, she attested to the fact that she is a goalball player for the Western Gauteng team in Roodepoort. This game was basically designed for athletes with vision impairments. In the matches, players compete in teams of three and attempt to throw a ball stoned with bells all over into the opponents’ goal with their hands.
According to Smangele, she did not take the game seriously at first, but later on, after getting the needed nudge, she put her heart into it. Now, she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to goalball.
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“At first I didn’t take it seriously but then I went for trials where they were looking for players to represent South Africa at the Paraplegic Games. I wasn’t selected but coach Phillip Williams noticed my playing skills. Now I’m the captain of the team and I play centre,” she said.
Talking about her ambition for the future, Smangele maintained that she hoped to study sports management and be a soccer analyst just like her favourite commentators, Thabo Kofa and Baba Mthethwa, who she admires a lot for their skill in giving her a clear picture of what is happening on the pitch.
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