A man who was photographed helping an elderly woman trapped by the Durban floods, has been identified as Matrick Mbhele
Nicole Alisha posted the photo to Facebook to praise the man who leapt out of his own car, stripped down, and helped the elderly woman to safety.
“True courage and I just want to give a shout out to everyone who put other people before themselves today!” said Alisha.
After the photograph of the man went viral, a search was launched to identify him, so the public could thank him for his bravery.
The woman, who had been trapped inside the car, contacted Reporters to tell her side of the story… “I am the elderly lady in the car and I am eternally grateful to the gentleman who stopped his Time Freight van and rescued me. I was petrified and he assured me that he was also a lifesaver… truly my hero. Thank you,” said Janet Hart.
‘Mama, don’t be scared, I’m a lifesaver and I’m coming to get you.’
Hart’s son, Richard, also launched a search to find the hero
“The lady in the vehicle was my mom and we are desperately trying to find this hero to give him a reward. We have a licence plate number and the company he works for. He performed this heroic act and then simply carried on with his job for the day. He didn’t wait around for a thanks. He just did this out of the kindness in his heart.
“His exact words to my mom, before he dived in were, ‘Mama, don’t be scared, I’m a lifesaver and I’m coming to get you.’ What a hero.”
Richard finally managed to identify the man who saved his mother
His name is Matrick Mbhele (full name Sibusiso Manduzu Matrick Mbhele).
Richard and his father will soon be meeting up with Matrick
to say thank you and offer him a reward.