Man risks life to save kids from burning shack, gets scarred for life

Man risks life to save kids from burning shack, gets scarred for life

- A local man, Zikhaya Sithole, has been called a hero after he risked his life to save the lives of two children trapped in a burning shack

- Unfortunately, Zikhaya was only able to save one of the kids

- According to Zikhaya he was making his way from a local tuckshop when he heard the children's mother crying for help

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Zikhaya Sithole has truly earned himself the title of a hero. A few days ago the Orange Farm man braved a raging shack fire in an attempt to save the lives of two young children. While making his way home from a local tuckshop, he heard a mother's desperate cry for help.

Her two little ones were trapped inside a burning shack minutes away from collapsing. Not sparing a second, Zikhaya sprung into action. He rushed inside the shack and was able to save one of the little ones, unfortunately not having enough time to reach a one-year-old baby whose life was claimed by the deadly flames.

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“When I got inside the shack, I heard the children crying. I grabbed the child who was on the bed and ran out, but when I wanted to go back for the other one, the flames were too strong," said Zikhaya in a Daily Sun article.

Zikhaya's bravery did not come without a price to pay, having experienced severe burns that have resulted in scars that will stay with him forever. South Africans whose hearts were moved by his brave actions have all joined hands in commending Zikhaya for his unmatched bravery.

Zikhaya Sithole has been called a real-life hero
Zikhaya Sithole spares a child's life from raging fire. Source: Facebook/RuRu Charisma
Source: UGC

Many of them have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to award him with the national Medal of Honour for bravery. Donations have also been pouring in for Zikhaya from touched citizens across the country, SA reported.

In similar news, a Johannesburg man is being praised after he spent his birthday feeding the homeless around the CBD. Letlhogonolo Motseeng shared images of his good deed to Facebook, saying that he met "amazing souls". Letlhogonolo captioned his amazing post:

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"Spent my birthday in the streets of Joburg CBD with these amazing souls. I had some good conversations with some of them, gave them food and masks. Now my heart is fulfilled."

His post was reshared to the #ImStaying group by Boitshoko Magetse and Stayers showered the young man with compliments. Letlhogonolo's good deed crept into the heart of many South Africans who said he is the reason they are staying.

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