- Samuel Phumane and Mashudu Mavhutha have been hailed as heroes
- They noticed a young woman abandoning her newborn baby along a street
- They rescued the baby and called the police to apprehend the woman
Two bus drivers in Johannesburg have been hailed as local heroes after coming to the rescue of a newborn baby boy whose mother was abandoning him.
According to IOL News, Samuel Phumane and Mashudu Mavhutha were driving in the central business district when they saw a young woman dropping off the baby on a pavement.
Samuel chased after the woman and stopped her from getting away while Mashudu picked up the unnamed baby. The incident happened on Friday, 22 June.
The two then called the police, who apprehended the 20-year-old mother. She faces charges of neglect and abandonment of a child.
Michael Sun, Johannesburg's public safety member of mayoral committee, told IOL News that the young mother had given birth the same morning of the incident.
Michael praised the two drivers for their quick reaction:
We are grateful for the observant and quick caring reaction of Samuel and Mashudu. They have gone beyond their call of duty as Metrobus drivers of the city. They are true heroes of our city.
The baby is now in the safe custody of child protection services.
More incidents of child abandonment have emerged in recent times. As Briefly.co.za reported recently, a three-month-old baby girl was also found along a footpath in Port Elizabeth.
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