- Hannes Swart and Dewald van der Westhuizen rushed to rescue a man who was drowning at a Cape Town beach
- The drowning man was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and in an undesignated swimming area
- Their story warmed the heart's of South Africans on social media, proving kindness has no racial boundaries
Two young men put their own lives in danger to rescue a drowning stranger on a beach in Cape Town on New Year’s Day.
In a true act of Ubuntu, Dewald van der Westhuizen and Hannes Swart rushed to save a man who was drowning without hesitation.
The man had allegedly been under the influence of alcohol and swimming in an undesignated area when disaster struck.
Dewald and Hannes returned to their families and friends only after ensuring that the man was safely in the hands of the paramedics.
Ricardo Rossouw, who witness the incident taking place took to Facebook to express his admiration for the young men’s kindness.
“In the midst of Cape Town's beaches being the milieu of racial tension, Dewald and Hannes proved that cultural, racial, economic and language differences should not separate us. We are all children of the Universe and should strive towards peace, harmony and love for one another,” wrote Rossouw.
Keeping the spirit of Ubuntu alive, Facebook user Richard Gilbert also shared a heartwarming story that he witnessed at a beach in Hermanus.
“A man and his daughter were pulled deep into the water. Also two guys saved them and also risked their own lives. Totally ignoring race. We one South Africa . We must stop allowing politicians to divide us. We can live harmoniously together and build a successful country,” Richard commented.
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