Homeless ‘Oupa’ rescues Joburg woman from criminals

2019-06-07 15:35
Zanele and Oupa. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Zanele and Oupa. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A Johannesburg woman took to Facebook yesterday to celebrate a homeless man who’s saved her life.

Zanele Masule, a personal assistant, was returning home from running a few errands on Wednesday evening when men armed with guns started running towards her.

“I was walking home through the park from the shops when a car stopped and three guys came running towards me,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Frozen with fear, the 29-year-old was ready to hand over her valuables but before the men could get near her, an elderly homeless man chased them off with his walking stick.

Still in shock, Zanele couldn’t believe what had just happened and burst into tears thanking the homeless man, who’s identified as Oupa.

“I could only thank him with the little that I had which was R50 and some coins,” she said.

When the 29-year-old and her husband returned to the park in Melvern East, Oupa told her that the next time she felt scared walking through the park, she should shout out for him.

Zanele is inspired to do something special for Oupa to express her gratitude.

“I would love to get Oupa a Wendy house so that he at least has a roof over his head. He’s old and in bad shape and has no immediate family left. He also has a terrible limp,” she told YOU.

She’s urged people to donate building material to help build a shelter for Oupa during this winter season and she is starting a fundraising campaign for him.

“If people would be willing to donate old clothes, shoes and warm blankets that would be much appreciated,” she added.

Zanele wants to make sure Oupa’s act of kindness doesn’t go unnoticed.

“If anyone near or far would like to help him during this cold winter, please contact me as he’s a pillar of strength. We need more heroes like this.”

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  good news  |  hero

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.