YESTERDAY was filled with happy faces and tears of joy as the Class of 2019 celebrated their results.

Mmakgotso Kome from Orlando, Soweto, and her mum Mamotla (44) were over the moon after they found out she passed.

Mmakgotso said: “I’m happy that I passed because I worked so hard. I didn’t know I would pass the way I did.”

She said wanted to study teaching.

Mamotla told Daily Sun: “I’m happy my child has passed. When my daughter got to grade 12, I told her to be disciplined, study hard and stay away from friends and boyfriends.”

Mmenzeli Ncube (17) from Boitumelong Secondary School got six distinctions out of seven subjects.

He said it wasn’t an easy pass, but a lot of sacrifices were made.

He said he left his home in Brakpan and moved to Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, in 2015.

He stayed with his sister, who was in grade 10 at the time, and together they attended Boitumelong Secondary.

Two years later, his sister relocated to Tshwane after she was accepted at the University of Pretoria.

Mmenzeli now lives alone.

He said: “I wasn’t happy at my previous school because most children were from wealthy families and I didn’t fit in. I suffered from depression and low self-esteem.

“My parents allowed me to move in with my sister. They always encouraged us to be independent at an early age.

“Everything went well. I found comfort in the new school. I stayed away from friends and peer pressure and studied every day.”

He wanted to study actuarial science.

Mmenzeli’s dad Nkosinathi (50) said: “He has proved he’s very mature and responsible. He made us proud.”

Attending school six days a week paid off for pupils at Tsogo Secondary School in Mmakau, Tshwane.

Tshepang Pule (18) managed to achieve six distinctions but said he had wanted seven.

“I’m relieved because I really wanted to get distinctions in all the subjects,” he said.

Otsile Swaratlhe (19) had mixed feelings.

“It’s bitter sweet. I didn’t expect time to travel so fast. Just yesterday I was starting with school and now I’m going to university soon,” he said.

His mum Stephinah (38) said she was overwhelmed by her son’s (19) results.

“He received one distinction and that makes me happy. Whatever the situation at home, Otsile managed to pass. I’m proud,” she said.

“I can’t stop crying because I sold kotas so my son could become a better person. I’m sure he’s going to change our lives.”

But top matrics at Intsebenziswano High School in Cape Town said they were not happy with their results as they didn’t reach the targets they set for themselves.

Bukho Ndziweni (18), who achieved seven distinctions, said he put extra effort in preparation for the exams and wanted distinctions with more than 90%.

“I did my best. I have applied to the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch to pursue actuarial science. I’m waiting for a final offer,” he said.

Mpumalanga’s second top pupil, Joshua Nkosi (18) from Lugebhuta Senior Secondary, said he used to walk to the mountains nearby his home to meditate before studying.