Radius Masukume was stabbed multiple times but did not stop trying to save a woman, from two men who had attacked her and were raping her.
Cape Town, South Africa (17 February 2020) – After weeks of heartbreaking stories of gender-based violence, a hero emerged – Radius Masukume – a man who fought off two rapists who had targeted a woman in Table View, Cape Town.
“Radius saw the men attack the woman, proceeding to rape her. He ran towards her, screaming for them to stop. He pulled them off her and was attacked. He was stabbed multiple times, including his face. In the end, he managed to scare the men off, preventing them from harming the woman any further.”
Paramedics arrived and saw to both Radius and the woman. While treating his wounds, they heard the story and took his photo. It was then shared with ‘Keep The Energy’, a group started to fight against gender-based violence who also started a fundraising campaign for Masukume.
The organisation has raised over R45 000 so far. If you would like to support the crowdfunding campaign, you can do so here.
Radius was also nominated for a “SA Men of the Year Award” for his brave actions. The awards, which started as a national campaign against gender-based violence in 2015, recognise positive male role models in society.
The campaign has honoured legends such as advocate George Bizos, entrepreneur and property developer Richard Maponya and athlete Bruce Fordyce, among others.
It is in times of tragedy that we need to look for the helpers, they are the real heroes & the South Africans we need to celebrate! Thank you Radius!
Anyone with information about the incident may contact Crime Stop anonymously on 08600 10111, or SMS Crime Line on 32211.