In a quiet settlement of Rooiels, a heroic act of bravery was witnessed on Thursday, August 19th, 2021. Carel and Mitzi van Biljon, an elderly couple, were driving through the scenic R44 when their 1997 Mercedes Benz suddenly caught fire. Mitzi quickly exited the car and realized her husband was trapped inside. John Manda, a Malawian immigrant working nearby, rushed to the scene and pulled Carel out of the burning vehicle. Another person arrived, and together they moved Carel further away from the car, which firefighters eventually put out.
John Manda’s act of bravery and selflessness has stirred a sense of admiration and gratitude in many. A Malawian immigrant living in South Africa for eight years, he has experienced personal tragedies that would make anyone gloomy. He lost his small daughter last year and had his house destroyed this year by Cyclone Freddy, leaving his wife homeless. Yet, despite his struggles, he didn’t hesitate to help the Van Biljons, whom he didn’t know. His courage and compassion are a testament to the values of humanity that we should all strive to uphold.
The Van Biljons’ much-loved Mercedes was a write-off, but Carel is alive. Mitzi shared a heartwarming development; her husband could stand independently without using his walker. With exercise, she believes his condition will improve. John Manda’s heroic act reminds us that we all need to come together to lend a helping hand in times of need. His bravery and quick thinking saved a life, and his actions are a testament to the values of compassion and empathy we must all strive to uphold. It is a heartwarming story of a simple act of kindness that can change someone’s life forever.