Domestic saves employer's mom from fire

2013-06-20 09:25

Pretoria - A domestic worker from Pretoria has saved her employer’s elderly mother from a burning granny flat.

Rosina Motaung, 48, told Beeld how she got a huge fright when she saw flames coming out of the flat of Malie Immelman, 92.

“Rosie is worth gold,” said a grateful Deon de Villiers, Immelman’s son-in-law.

The fire started on Tuesday afternoon in Immelman’s granny flat, which adjoins her daughter’s house in Rietfontein.

Motaung was cleaning the house when she heard her name being called. She ran to the garden flat and saw smoke coming out.

When she went inside, she saw the kitchen was on fire and a confused Immelman coming from the bathroom.

Immelman’s son, Carel, 70, was unable to help his mother get out of the flat due to a leg injury and Motaung helped Immelman escape.

“I can feel my body is sore from all the stress,” said Motaung.  

The fire was fortunately put out before the main house could catch fire but the granny flat was completely destroyed.

Immelman was treated for smoke inhalation but was said to be doing well.

De Villiers said the family was very grateful to Motaung, who had worked for the family for more than 20 years.

  • Tuco Angeleyes - 2013-06-20 09:29

    What a hero she is.Rosina Motaung is hero of the day indeed.

      Scouter Four-One - 2013-06-20 09:54

      There are still a lot of good people left in this world - stuff all the politics....

      Titus Madiba - 2013-06-20 10:13

      "Rosie is worth gold" well hopefully now Deon de Villiers can pay her more than a grand a month.

      procold2 - 2013-06-20 10:16

      well done

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-06-20 11:45

      Titus and Kagiso.. Your comments are upsetting proof that you have serious issues. It's race or nothing. I am genuinely genuinely sad for you both. Awesome news otherwise, Rosina Motaung is a hero. Cheered up my day reading this

      Titus Madiba - 2013-06-20 11:55

      Its got nothing to do with race its just a matter of paying a honest hard working South African citizen what they are truly worth.......says a lot about you bringing up the race card though!

      Jo Lekkading - 2013-06-20 11:57

      Titus and Kagiso ... Fack off, and take your racist issues with you!! Losers!

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-06-20 11:58

      And your assumption about her salary has nothing to do with the supposed exploitation of maids by their employers? Thinly veiled... Besides, why comment negatively on a happy article.

      Maude Dee - 2013-06-20 14:47

      they must give this woman a bells

  • Jean Pieterse - 2013-06-20 09:38

    No racist rants?

      Hayley Fredericks - 2013-06-20 09:54

      Seriously, why don't you go and have a nice, hot mug of STFU.

      Monique Naude - 2013-06-20 09:58

      You really need a kick up the backside.

      Hemlock - 2013-06-20 10:03

      You are a jerk!

      Vho Rapea - 2013-06-20 10:09

      Wow, you are a special type of retard...this is a feel good south africa story

      Adele Coetzee - 2013-06-20 10:33

      I think u need a brain transplant!!!!!

      Bontle Gape - 2013-06-20 10:54

      This is not about colour,is about being human, and you hayley wants to start a stupid debate

      Hayley Fredericks - 2013-06-20 12:13

      @ Bontle, quite the contrary actually.

  • Edith Mokgojoe - 2013-06-20 09:38

    Shes worth more than gold indeed, a true gem.My she be blessed abundantly. May gogo get well soon too.

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-06-20 09:38

    Rosy you are brave and caring and I think the Immelman family owe you a great deal of gratitude.

  • Olivia Moloi - 2013-06-20 09:41

    Oh I thank God for Rosina for saving Granny's life.

  • Leonard Hook - 2013-06-20 09:43

    Give that woman a Bell's!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-20 09:48

      Is that her shack there in the background? Build her a brick house!

      Hayley Fredericks - 2013-06-20 09:55

      @kortbroek, actually, it is the burn remains of the granny flat ...

  • Nico Pretorius - 2013-06-20 09:52

    Faith in humanity restored!

  • Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-06-20 09:53

    You are an example for the rest of us. Humanity and caring for each other is stronger than racial divisions and will eventually be victorious.

  • Monique Naude - 2013-06-20 09:58

    Rosina Motaung! You are a hero! Well done for acting so quickly and so bravely!

  • Edith Mokgojoe - 2013-06-20 09:58

    Kortbroek...really now!?! if thats a joke, its not funny...rather leave the comedians to it ok.

  • Negry Mabasa - 2013-06-20 10:00

    well done,Vutomi bya mina byina nkoka

  • Hemlock - 2013-06-20 10:01

    Well are a hero.

  • Ntobeng Wa Masweneng - 2013-06-20 10:04

    You are blessing indeed Rosina. For 20 yrs serving the master to survive the hardships of apartheid.

      Shelley Stevens - 2013-06-20 10:06


      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-20 10:21

      Ntobeng Wa Masweneng. I give up. Rosie has more humanity in her little finger than you have in your whole body. But keep racism alive, it seems to suit you well.

      Marc Ross - 2013-06-20 10:33

      Ntobeng why dont you give her a job then? Oh I forgot, parasites like you dont give they only take. At 10.32 some white boss is paying you to sit on N24.(and you'll be striking for more money no doubt).

      Nasiefa Jackson Lazarus - 2013-06-20 14:16

      OMG wow get over yourself pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez you boring now !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tertia Jacobs Henin - 2013-06-20 10:05

    Heart warming! Thank you Rosie, may you be blessed.

  • Bernard Nienaber - 2013-06-20 10:05

    i hope Sunette Bridgess and her cult have read this.

  • Esme Munzhedzi - 2013-06-20 10:14

    Well done, Rose

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-20 10:17

    Rosina Motaung, bless you.

  • Zizi Zanzibar Gadaffi - 2013-06-20 10:30

    Rosina is really a God's sent!

  • Lemon Day - 2013-06-20 10:31

    Good man comes in every colour bad man comes in black or white. Big up to Aunty Rosie, keep up the Good work and leave the evil deeds for evil people, from a distance God is watching us.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-06-20 10:33

    What a heroic, brave woman!!!

  • John Edgar - 2013-06-20 10:44

    Rosina must be proud of herself,saving boss's mother need to be given a thank Q in a form of reward

  • Jenny Angela Roxanne Maijanen - 2013-06-20 10:52

    she deserves a reward for her bravery.What a wonderfull person to look up to.

  • Carvern Jacobs - 2013-06-20 10:58

    give that woman a bells

  • Celestene Bosch - 2013-06-20 11:02

    Well done Rose, you've proven rhat there are good blacks, just as there are some bad whites, it is in every culture, good or bad, thank you for being good...

  • Nan Sajini - 2013-06-20 11:03

    God bless you ,Ntobeng why you peoplr always blame apartheid does it help we've got a corrupt goverment everything is wrong do you still blame apartheid ,this is got nothing to do with politics its about saving someones life

  • Nan Sajini - 2013-06-20 11:04

    God bless you ,Ntobeng why you peoplr always blame apartheid does it help we've got a corrupt goverment everything is wrong do you still blame apartheid ,this is got nothing to do with politics its about saving someones life

  • Micky D Mack - 2013-06-20 11:22

    Rosie you are a super-hero!

  • AgSies Man - 2013-06-20 11:25

    Rosina! Well done and thank you for helping out when it was needed. Your family must be really proud of you! Hope you get a nice paid holiday for this one!

  • Andre Nell - 2013-06-20 11:33

    Lekker om bietjie goeie nuus te lees ...

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-06-20 12:35

    There is nothing fulfilling, satisfying than knowing you have somehow helped someone and more saving life and expecting nothing in return, jut thank you, money is not everything. well done Mama GOD will Bless you.

  • Leonard Rom - 2013-06-20 12:50

    wow that is so sweet big ups!!!!!!!!!!

  • Siyabonga Nxumalo - 2013-06-20 14:22

    That's a woman and a half, she deserve a big fat raise!!. This also means that the granny was a good boss

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