WATCH | A good deed for the man who jumped into a burning shack to save two children

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Zikhaya Sithole sustained burn injuries after trying to save children in a burning shack in 2020.
Zikhaya Sithole sustained burn injuries after trying to save children in a burning shack in 2020.
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It's been almost a year since his heroic act swept through South Africa. 

When he rushed into a burning shack in Orange Farm to save two siblings trapped inside, he didn't think about his own safety. 

Zikhaya Sithole (38) has gone back to living his life quietly but he hasn't been forgotten. 

The Johannesburg man managed to only save the two-year-old who was on the bed. He carried the child out and when he tried to go back for the one-year-old, the flames were uncontrollable.

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Zikhaya Sithole's hands got severely burnt in the fire that they are not strong enough for him to continue working as he did before.

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Rapper K.O, real name Ntokozo Mdluli, recently shared a heart-warming video of him, the famous BI Phakathi who is known for charitable deeds and Zikhaya on social media.

The two well-known personalities partnered with a Capitec Bank for the #MakeADifference initiative to celebrate Mandela Month. They visited Zikhaya in his home in Orange Farm.

“This gentleman is hero to me because he did something honourable,” K.O says in the video.

He was taken grocery shopping, “you can take as many as you can,” BI Phakathi says as Zikhaya takes two cans of tinned-fish.

After walking out of the supermarket, Zikhaya gets home and the bank gave him R15 000 in cash and K.0 and BI Phakathi topped it up with R5 000.

“He deserves the praise,” K.O says.



His injuries put him out of work so he appreciates all donations, Zikhaya tells Drum.

"There are people out there who still think of me and want to help me,” he says.

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He was a welder before the fire and he hasn't been able to work since.

His face and hands were left burnt so badly that he had to be rushed to the hospital.

To date, he is still healing from the wounds.

“The healing is coming alright. It is just that my hands are not strong enough so I cannot work like I did before,” Zikhaya tells us.

He's been living off donations from South Africans. He used the money to buy food and commute to doctor's appointments.

But the road to recovery still continues.

"The eyes are a little problematic. But I have another operation coming up in October,” he says.

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