(Durban) – The Zulu name Siphesihle means a beautiful gift when translated into English.
A young man lived up to his name and gave five drowning kids the beautiful gift of life when he saved them from a storm that battered Durban in October.
Siphesihle Mthembu, 20, from D-section in Umlazi, south of Durban, has been hailed a hero following his bravery during the heavy storm that left a trail of destruction and 16 people dead.
Mthembu risked his own life during the flash floods on October 10, to save the lives of five local crèche children.
They were under four years of age, with one as young as six-months-old.
Mthembu, who matriculated last year at Makhumbuza High School, on Friday told News24 that he was at his neighbour’s house when the severe storm began.
“When I noticed that my neighbour’s house was flooded with water during the heavy rain, I decided to go home. While on the way home I noticed a six-month-old baby floating in a pool of water at a neighbouring crèche’s yard. The crèche is next to a river,” he said.
“I didn’t even think about my own life but just jumped inside the water without even taking my clothes off. I took the baby to safety and jumped inside the water again, which had begun to spill onto the road, to save three other babies,” he said.
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