- A cyclist on Suikerbossie sought out the assistance of a traffic cop after blowing his tire
- Simon, the traffic cop, went beyond the call of duty to assist Selwyn Shandel
- Claiming Simon saved his Christmas, he showed his appreciation on social media
A police offer goes viral for all the right reason in this uplifting story about human decency and kindness, shared by cyclist Selwyn Shandel on social media.
Shandel was eager to share his positive experience after a cycling trip with friends went wrong, quickly on Christmas morning. The cyclist wrote that while returning to Camps Bay, 50 kilometers on Suikerbossie, the back tire of his bicycle blew out. As the tire was irreparable, the group tried to get the attention of a traffic cop for assistance.
The traffic cop, Simon was more than willing to help the cyclists and went above and beyond the call of duty. Simon helped Shandel load his bike onto the car and gave him a lift home, rather than just allowing Shandel to use his phone to call home for help.
Shandal remarks that what should have been a traumatic experience, turned into a jovial and merry Christmas memory as the pair spent the drive home chatting and listening to Rebecca Malope and Benjamin Dube perform their Christmas hits through the radio.
“I know I can speak on behalf of all my fellow cyclists as well as all citizens of SA and would like to express our real gratitude and huge thanks to Simon the Traffic Officer for his kind and friendly assistance and may his actions be a beacon of light to us all…” writes Shandel.
Over ten thousand people reacted to Simon’s post while thousands have shared it since the incident occurred. While Shandel’s story is but one of basic human decency, it inspired hope and joy across the country as we entered the new year.
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