Premier Alan Winde yesterday honoured top matriculants at the 2019 provincial National Senior Certificate Awards yesterday and three pupils who showed extreme resilience received special awards.
The National Senior Certificate Awards ceremony was held at the Premier’s official residence Leeuwenhof with Yusuf and Yaqoob Arrison, along with Ridah Kahn receiving special awards.
The Arrison twins survived after their mother attempted to kill her whole family in 2017 before turning the gun on herself.
She shot Yusuf in the head and Yaqoob’s hand was wounded, unfortunately their older brother Wasseem was killed.
Yaqoob, played dead and later carried his twin to a family friend’s house about 100m away. Two years later the boys have attained bachelors passes.
“My brother helped me a lot, what happened affected my sight, he would read me notes and we studied together.”
“She decided to take us with, and we survived. We are here today.”
Ridah Kahn from Proteus Technical High School in Atlantis, shared the special ministerial award with the twins.
Kahn was repeatedly attacked by violent gangs during his matric year because he refused to become a gangster.
Because of threats to his safety, Kahn was unable to attend school and had to write his matric exams at a police station.
“It was tough having to write at the police station, but I told myself even if it’s life or death, I will go write my exams. I felt safe at the police station.”
All three pupils are looking forward to starting their tertiary studies.