Scarred trying to save kids from a shack fire

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Zikhaya Sithole suffered burns to his face, hands and legs while trying to save two children from a burning shack in Orange Farm. Picture: Rosetta Msimango
Zikhaya Sithole suffered burns to his face, hands and legs while trying to save two children from a burning shack in Orange Farm. Picture: Rosetta Msimango

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Zikhaya Sithole’s scars go deeper than those visible on his face and limbs. His eyes are sensitive and his hands don’t function properly, so he can no longer work as a welder. But when he plunged into a burning shack to try to save two young children, his own safety and livelihood were far from his mind.

When the shack in Orange Farm went up in flames, the community knew it was up to them to save the children. They knew that the fire truck would not arrive on time.

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