- A MyCiTi bus driver was honoured by the City of Cape Town with a certificate
- It followed him going the extra mile to give back a woman’s lost belongings
- The lady lost her handbag, which contained a diamond ring among other valuables
On 11 June, Siphelo Maqubela spotted a handbag on the pavement, next to a car, and he immediately knew someone had lost it.
So, he picked it up and continued on his route from Hout Bay along Sea Point Main Road to the CBD.
After a while, Maqubela looked inside the purse to see if he could find any information about its owner.
What the heroic bus driver found inside made him even more determined to find the owner- according to IOL, the handbag had jewellery, cash, credit cards, a driver’s licence and an identity document in it.
From the ID document Maqubela discovered Sharon Russak was the owner of the handbag. According to Maqubela, he did not have Facebook so he asked one of his passengers to find her on the social media account.
Through the passenger’s help Maqubela managed to give Russak is contact details. However, at the point where Russak received the Facebook message, she had no idea her handbag was missing.
"After my appointment, I saw a Facebook message to please contact someone with regard to my purse. At first I thought maybe I was somehow pick-pocketed because how could a bus driver have my purse," she said.
Her hubby, Steve, phoned Maqubela and they agreed to meet at the MyCiTi bus stop in Camps Bay. There the bus driver gave back Russak’s handbag.
Russak said Maqubela returned her handbag to her, with all her belongings still inside, which included her diamond wedding ring, another ring and valuable earrings.
She could not stop thanking Maqubela for his honesty, adding may God bless him for it. Russak then said he’s a “credit to MyCiTi”.
Maqubela received a certificate from Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development in Cape Town.
Briefly.co.za learned according to Herron, the certificate showed appreciation to Maqubela for being an “outstanding MyCiTi ambassador.
A humble Maqubela said he enjoyed helping people and he said MyCiTi taught them to return people’s lost belongings.
"I love my job because I love driving. Our passengers need to believe in MyCiTi. They need to know they can trust us," said Maqubela.
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