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Cape Town man nominated for award after saving a woman who was being raped

A Cape Town man has been nominated for a SA Men of the Year Award for his heroic actions in saving a woman who was being raped.

Radius Masukume was on his way to work, walking through a park off Gie Road in Table View at around 5pm on October 10 when he heard a woman crying for help.

The 49-year-old located the woman he saw a man raping her and another standing watching.

Masukume did not see anyone else around, and as he approached them, a third man stabbed him from behind.  He fell to the ground and began fighting the man who then stabbed him in the face and head four times.

The suspects fled in the direction of Dunoon and Masukume ran to the road to seek assistance when he saw a police vehicle.

The woman had been walking home from work when she was attacked and stabbed in her back.

Fortunately neither the victim nor Masukume’s wounds were too deep, but the woman was traumatized by the ordeal.

The father of six was taken was taken to Dunoon Community Health Centre where he received stitches and was discharged the same day.

The Zimbabwean said he did not give any consideration to what could have happened to him, he just thought that could be someones mother.  He was raised not to hurt women.

On hearing the story, a Facebook group called Keep the Energy which focuses on gender-based violence, launched a fundraising campaign for Masukume which to date has raised over R45 000.

The awards campaign chairperson Bongani Ngomane told News24 that their focus this year had been mainly on the Gauteng Province due to financial constraints, they however felt that the heroic and brave deeds of Radius Masukume deserved special recognition.

The campaign had previously honoured advocate George Bizos, entrepreneur and property developer Richard Maponya and athlete Bruce Fordyce.

The awards event will be held on November 27 at Carnival City.

Masukume, who is said to be the son of a chief, is honoured to have been nominated and is considering attending the awards.

As the father of six children, aged 6 to 29, he said there are many woman living alone in Dunoon who are abused and raped.  He would like something to be done to help those women.

No arrests have been made in connection to the rape or attempted murder.