President Jacob Zuma praised his pass as an "amazing milestone at his age". "You are indeed an inspiration to all of us by showing us that one is never too old for education. We admire your tenacity, discipline and your zeal to succeed and wish you well in all your future endeavours," Zuma said in a statement.
After being informed of his results on Friday, Mabuse is now eyeing further studies in anthropology and is drawing interest from universities from around the country. "Now he's being inundated by universities who want him as a student," his manager Martin Myers told AFP.