When Vincent Cosa risked his life to save a boy that was stuck on a pipe above a raging Jukskei River in Alexandra Township, north of Joburg early last year, he didn’t think his act was heroic. A video of Vincent's heroic act went viral on social media and was dubbed the ‘Alex hero’.
The father-of-two went from being a hero that grabbed headlines. Many people, political parties and government institutions commended his act. Some gave him certificates while other made promises to help him with his official papers since he lost his.
It’s been more than a year since the department of home affairs promised to sort out the one thing the 38-year-old wanted the most – getting his immigrant papers sorted. However, the soft-spoken Mozambican says nothing has materialised of those papers.
“Home Affairs promised to help me with my papers last year. I have been in contact with someone [he forgot his name] but nothing is really happening. I still don’t have papers to be in South Africa,” he tells Move!.
The department’s spokesperson last year went on a regional radio station and promised that he will see to it that Vincent gets the help.
“Home Affairs spokesperson Siya Qoza says they have been in contact with Alex flood hero Vincent Cosa to see how they can assist him in getting a passport and the right documentations #BreakfastWithDavid
”Eleven months since the incident, Move! contacted Vincent to check how everything is with his legal papers, only to find that nothing has changed.
We got in contact with the department to find out if they backtracked on their promise to Vincent. A month later the spokesperson of the department, Siya Qoza, has not responded to our email asking him about this matter.