SOMELEZE Ramokhele became a hero on Sunday, 12 September.
The 11-year-old girl from Klipfontein squatter camp in Cape Town saved her neighbour’s two kids from a burning shack.
Someleze said when she heard Enzokuhle (3) and Thabile Sandlwana (5) screaming for help, she went to check what was going on.
“At first I thought they were just playing but when I decided to go and check, I saw the fire,” she said.
“I opened the door and saw them sitting on a chair. I first took out Enzokuhle and went back for Thabile. I was afraid but I couldn’t just sit and do nothing while they were crying for help.”
Someleze’s mum, Kamoheng, (39) said she was very proud of her little girl.
“I am still speechless. I thank God for blessing me with such a child.”
The boys’ mum, Nomfezeko Sandlwana (31), said she’d always be grateful to Someleze.
“I went outside to get water and when I came back, my shack was on fire. I thought my kids died inside until people told me Someleze got them out,” she said.
“I think it was vutha that was sent to kill my family. But I thank God and my ancestors for making Someleze brave enough to go inside a burning shack.
“I lost everything in my four-roomed shack, but I’m grateful my kids are alive.”
Neighbour Noluvo Dlova said God used Someleze to save the kids.
Fire and Rescue Services spokesman, Jermaine Carelse said they received an emergency call at 9.45am.
“Crews from Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain were on scene. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze and no injuries were reported,” he said.