- MEC Bonakele Majuba visited the Mathibela Village to meet the heroic Mr Phiri
- Phiri went viral earlier the week after he was photographed carrying learners across a river to keep them safe and dry
- The primary school general worker was hailed a hero by the MEC and applauded by Mzansi
Earlier this week, Briefly.co.za reported a man went viral after a photo was posted online showing him carrying children across a river to help them get safely to school.
On Thursday, the Mpumalanga Department of Education revealed the man has since been honoured for his act of kindness.
MEC of Education in the province, Mr Bonakele Majuba, visited the Mathibela Village to meet the heroic Mr Phiri.
The post revealed Phiri works as a general worker at the Alexandra Primary School in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.
"Mr Phiri is a true life hero that not only Mpumalanga is proud of, but South Africa as a whole.We are very grateful for the generosity that he displayed towards the welfare of our learners. He is a true embodiment of an African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child to another level. We thank him for appreciating that education is a societal matter and having such a positive impact in the lives of your community with his gesture of true selfless patriotic sacrifice."
South Africans once again sang Phiri's praises and said he deserved more than just a visit from the MEC.
Naomi Mmekoa commented:
"Mr Phiri deserve award and promotion he is our true hero. He loves his community, knowing that education is the key. Halala Mr Phiri, Halala.h
Nomsa Ignatia wrote:
"Well done to Mr Phiri. Thanks to our MEC for appreciating his efforts."
Helen Jousse Rudolph added:
"A good solution would be a footbridge and Mr Phiri deserves a reward."
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