A student from the University of the Western Cape has inspired many with his extraordinary achievement – finishing his master’s thesis while at war. Mfundo Nkosi, a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), today received his master’s in law degree which he completed while serving in the troubled Darfur area of Sudan.
In the middle of his research he was deployed to Sudan as part the SANDF troops which helped to ensure security in the war-torn country. Mfundo was a member of the 15000-strong UNAMID (African Union / United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur). With limited access to the internet, in the midst of trying conditions, and with a war going on a daily basis, he managed to stay in contact with his supervisor, receive comments from external examiners, and finalise the paper.
The university says in a statement: Mfundo’s determination and drive in finishing the MPhil despite the challenges of his job in the volatile, arid, and extremely hot Darfur terrain must be commended.
We salute you, soldier!