- Briefly.co.za recalls the inspirational story of young black man, named Karabo John Moa, and how his chance encounter with an 89-year-old white man moved them both to tears
- Karabo was stopped by the pensioner as he admired his bow-tie and asked where he could buy a similar one for Valentine’s Day
- Karabo donated his bowtie to the man, they both got emotional and the story went viral
Briefly.co.za fondly reminisces over a truly inspirational tale of love, acceptance and generosity.
Karabo John Moa visited Centurion Mall in Pretoria when he was stopped by an 89-year-old white man.
The man complimented Karabo on his debonair look and wanted to know where he could purchase a black bow-tie, similar to the one Karabo wore.
The bow-tie was required to round off his suit for a Valentine’s Day supper with his wife.
Karabo was amazed that such an elderly man still wanted to look good for his wife.
He responded to the elderly gentleman and said, “Oum, I highly doubt that you will find a bow-tie like this around here. Here sir you can gladly have this one.”
Karabo recalled that he felt it could possibly be the man’s last Valentine’s Day with his wife, which motivated the noble gesture.
The man said he couldn’t accept it and insisted on paying for it. To which Karabo responded, “No sir I want you to look classic on Valentines! Take it as a blessing from me to you.”
The ‘oum’ immediately started crying and said, “Son in 10 minutes with your kindness, you have managed to give me a total different perspective of black people. I wish I bumped into you earlier in my life. Thank you son, I'm 89 and today you inspired to be a better person and love my neighbour as I love myself.”
Karabo got emotional as well and thanked the man for helping him see true love.
He shared the touching encounter via Facebook quite some time ago but the beautiful story has re-surfaced now on social media again with Valentine’s Day looming.
Good Things Guy shared the post via their Facebook page.
Karabo rounded off the post with the hashtag, #To God be the glory.
Ntombi Tladinyane said, “Wow! This got me emotional, well done to both of you, good example of love and Ubuntu.”
Sonja Latsky added, “Without interference of politici we can be the greatest nation in the world.”
Foster Sarde also said, “We have beautiful wonderful South Africans irrespective the race... Then we find a handful that causes the problem within our country. The negative bunch....Let us be the light again like this handsome young man to bring joy to the next person.”
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