In the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge, Zanele Masule found help from an unlikely source. And she has vowed to do all the best she can for "Oupa," a homeless man who saved her when robbers had pounced on her.
She has pledged to help the man in every way she can. She wants to build a house for him. So far, she has raised over R16,000 towards this noble cause. Her aim is raising a total of R50,000. She strongly believes the best way she can pay back the man is building him a house with proper furniture too.
Three men attempted to rob Zanele Masule in a park in Malvern East in Germiston on June 5.
"Oupa" scared off the robbers with his walking stick, saving Zanele by doing so. She narrated her ordeal in a Facebook post, in which she said one of the robbers was carrying a gun.
"I was walking home through the park from the shops and a car stopped and three guys came running towards me, one with a gun. I knew right there, I was screwed.
"I then heard a lot of voetseks and f-yous and I was ready to hand them my life. Only to find that it's this man... (Oupa), limping and walking as fast as he can to scare off these thugs with his walking stick.
"The guys ran back and left me and Oupa standing there. I was in tears as I always see Oupa picking up papers and swearing continuously. (I think he has Tourette's).
"He is a gentle soul and he stays on the streets in Malvern East. I could only thank him with the little that I had, which was R50 and some coins.
"He left all his boxes and his one blanket to help me, an absolute stranger. He is very old and has no immediate family left. Very smart with a vulgar mouth. But a guardian angel for all those that walk through the dangerous park."
Many people have hailed her efforts as a pure sign of showing humanity, love, empathy and gratitude.
"We need more heroes like this," Masule said. "I'm still shaking as I write this. And that's out of shock. I can't imagine him shaking during the cold nights, yet still very ready to attack any thug with a mere walking stick."
"He will need a bit of furniture: bed, couch, utensils, etc. and clothes as he has none, also money so he can get regular medical care and food."
All Zanele wants is for "Oupa" to have a place to call home, a place he can safely retire in, a place that affords him good health. Taking him off the streets is all that matters.
Zanele said that she was overwhelmed with the donations that poured in. People have contributed to her cause positively and it's a delight.
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