- A waitress made headlines after she was photographed feeding a mentally and physically challenged man
- Now, she speaks up about the kind gesture that turned into a friendship lasting almost a decade
- The two have grown so close that they have their own special language, since the man is unable to speak or use his fingers
What started as a kind gesture, resulted in a unique relationship that has lasted nearly 10 years.
As Brielfy.co.za reported previously, a waitress was praised on social media after she was spotted feeding a disabled man in a wheelchair at the restaurant she works at in Kenilworth, Cape Town.
A wheelchair-bound customer touched waitress Neziswa Sokutapa’s heart when he came into the restaurant for fish and chips.
Sokutapa volunteered to feed the mentally and physically disable man, and she’s been doing it for nine years now.
What was an act of kindness at first bloomed into a beautiful friendship.
Sokutapa explained the man could not speak or use his fingers, which made communicating for him very challenging.
But, she added she learned to understand him over the years: “He cannot speak‚ so you need to read his lips. He struggles a lot to express himself‚ but over the years I have learned to understand him. You need to look in his eyes and pay attention and then you will know what he is trying to say‚”.
Sokutapa said her friend would visit the store three times a week since 2009 for his favourite dish fish and chips.
According to the 34-year-old store manager, their relationship is like that of a father and daughter.
“He is like a father to me. Even when he is away‚ he will check up on me and ask whether I am okay. When he goes away‚ he will tell me that he is going away for three weeks or a month‚ so I won’t see him. We have a good understanding.”
Briefly.co.za learned he would only go to the store if Sokutapa was working, she said he would message her before he came in, just to make sure she’s there.
She said when he comes in he orders his food and when it’s ready she would feed it to him.
Sokutapa explained when he first came into the shop, another woman used to help him. However, after she left he asked her and she has been doing it ever since.
Over the years their relationship grew so strong that they even developed their own language.
“I just have to look in his face and I would know immediately whether I am doing something right or something wrong.”
And, she’s not bothered about helping him, saying she’s no doing it because she was told to.
“It is not something that I am trained to do. It is part of my personality to help others‚ so I don’t mind doing it.”
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