Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
8 Sep 2021
12:16 pm

Ntando Mahlangu: Paralympian hero brings hope to Mpumalanga village

Sipho Mabena

'Nothing inspirational ever happens in Tweefontein,' residents say, but the teenager born with no bones in his lower his legs is changing that.

Paralympics 2020 gold medal winner Ntando Mahlangu. Picture: Twitter @TeamSA2020

Barely a decade ago, Ntando Mahlangu was crawling about hopelessly in the dusty backyard of his poor grandmother’s modest house in the former KwaNdebele homeland, about an hour's drive northeast of Pretoria. Today, the teenager born with no bones in his lower part of his legs - a condition called hemimelia - is not only South Africa's latest Olympic star, but has also inspired people from his village of Tweefontein. Gold medalist Paralympic track star Ntando Mahlangu's parents' home, where he grew up in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga. 6 September 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles Nomaziyane Mthimunye, 67, who lives on the same...