Johannesburg man hero flash floods

Photo: Canva / Twitter screenshot / Yusuf Abramjee

Johannesburg man heroically saves a child from flash floods [video]

A Johannesburg resident is lapping up the plaudits after he risked his life to save a child, when flash floods hit Gauteng this week.

Johannesburg man hero flash floods

Photo: Canva / Twitter screenshot / Yusuf Abramjee

It’s true what they say: Not all heroes wear capes. This Johannesburg local is being hailed for his bravery after he stepped in to rescue a child from rampaging flash floods in Gauteng.

It’s been established that the child was playing on a horizontal, metal pipe over the Jukskei River in Alexandra. However, that enjoyment soon turned to a bout of fear when the water swelled and left the kid stranded.

Flash floods in Johannesburg

Gauteng has been experiencing a terrible time with adverse weather conditions this week, as rain mercilessly lashed the province. The Johannesburg CBD was effectively underwater at one point, following an almighty downpour. It was during one of these storms that the youngster got themselves into a perilous position.

However, our hero was unperturbed by the flood. He straddled the pipe and shuffled along to where the child was marooned. He then crawls in front and puts the distressed youth on his back. Clinging on for dear life, the child is slowly transported to safety by the rescuer.

Social media reacts

Of course, social media users had a whale of a time celebrating this video. After all, it encapsulates everything we want to see from our fellow South Africans: Courage, fearlessness and a general desire to keep our kids safe. The calls to give this guy a reward are already mounting…

In fact, “The Jukskei Spiderman” has also had his efforts recognised by the City of Johannesburg. Their Twitter page confirmed that they had seen the video, and hinted that they would be acknowledging South Africa’s newest hero.

With all the negative news that Mzansi is responsible for, we can honestly say that moments like these warm our heart. It took guts to throw himself into a dangerous situation, but he was determined to rescue that child come hell or high-water – the latter of which he negotiated brilliantly!

Watch the Johannesburg local save a child from flash floods: