Streaming service Netflix has set out to find heroes in South Africa who solve societal issues and go out of their way to make their communities a little better. Inspired by Marvel’s Luke Cage, currently on the Netflix service, “a love letter to heroes and black culture”, the streaming service has sought out these heroes who live among our communities and resemble those characters.
As a nation that celebrates local heroes, you don’t always have to look to the silver screen for a hero – they are more than just fictional characters who live among us. Even the city’s toughest neighborhood needs a defender and South Africa is filled with these selfless kinds of people.
One of those heroes is Siya Mslathelwa from Gugulethu in Cape Town, who owns a gym and has influenced the youth in his neighbourhood to pursue their passion through training, thus encouraging them to stay off the streets.