- A woman has taken to social media to share how a brave homeless "oupa" risked his own life to save her from muggers
- She revealed he chased off the thugs with a walking stick, leaving the little possessions he had unattended to help a complete stranger
- Social media users were inspired by the story and they praised the madala for his bravery
On Wednesday evening, Zanele Tricia Masule was walking home after she had visited the shops. She cut through a park when three men jumped out of a car and ran towards her.
"Three guys came running towards me, one with a gun. I knew right there I was screwed," she wrote on Facebook.
Suddenly, she heard a lot of "voetseks" and "F yous". Masule said an elderly man came limping to her rescue. The "oupa" managed to scare off the thugs with his walking stick and they left Masule and her hero standing there.
"I was in tears as I always see Oupa picking up papers and swearing continuously. (I think he has Tourettes.) He is a gentle soul and he stays on the streets in Malvern East," she said.
Masule said she only had R50 and a couple of coins to give the heroic homeless man, who left his boxes and only blanket to run to a complete stranger's rescue.
"But a guardian angel for all those that walk through the dangerous park. It's winter. He has no clothes or food. I had to go back with my husband today to give him money and spend time with him as I felt he needs recognition," she said.
Briefly.co.za saw the post touched the hearts of social media users who praised the elderly man for his bravery.
Elaine Kwenampe commented: "So thankful that you are safe. Oupa is heaven sent, I love that he swore the bad guys away."
Mmakopa Madia Zanele added: "wow that touched me. Thank goodness you were not hurt."
Nkateko Nkuna said: "Oh my word! That's so scary! Glad you're ok and glad Oupa was there!"
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