Juliet Miyabo faced an incredibly dangerous situation to help prevent a couple from becoming yet another tragic statistic in SA; her actions were heroic.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Juliet Miyabo is the heroine we can all be. She used her street smarts to get a couple out of a very dangerous situation despite fearing for her safety.
It all started as she was walking through the Joburg CBD. She noticed a young couple being escorted by several “thugs” towards a dodgy part of town filled with abandoned buildings. She could see the couple were out of their element and unaware of the situation they were in.
She quickly headed towards them, running to catch up. She shouted for them to wait and pretended to know them as personal friends. Juliet hugged them both, whispering to each that they were about to be robbed and to follow her lead. At that moment, the thugs realised she was steering the couple away from them, and they quickly started shouting at her. They swore at her but thankfully walked off.
“I must admit, I was scared but I told these kids as I pulled them into one of the nearby shops, that they were going to rob them, kidnap them, force them to give them bank pin numbers and they would have raped the young woman. They said they just got off a taxi from Pretoria, asked one guy for taxis to Northgate and his friend came along to show then where the taxis were. What is sad is where I first noticed them was just opposite the connecting taxis to get taxis to Northgate was.”
She warned them to be very careful but couldn’t leave them to find the taxi themselves. Juliet walked them to the correct taxi and placed them right in front next to the driver.
“I asked the taxi driver to drop them at Bree rank and nowhere else. I asked inside if anyone was going inside the Bree taxi rank, the one lady said she will get off with them and take them straight inside Northgate taxis. As all this was unfolding, I was not aware that some people were watching.”
Juliet realised that all the people were listening to her carefully; they were becoming inspired by her actions. They were stepping up to make sure her excellent deed continued throughout the day.
“I was scared, but I was more scared of what they were going to do to these kids, especially the girl… I am the mother of a young woman, a young man and smalls kids. I hope and pray in my absence other people will be on the lookout for their safety… Friends Men and Womxn, this is all I ask, let us be on the lookout for each other and help protect our kids. No ONE has to “Be Next” on Our Watch.”