- Lennie Aspeling, a grain silo manager, was left paralysed after an accident involving a taxi
- The driver at the time, Frans Satekge, had been driving his uncle’s taxi without a driver’s license
- Aspeling admitted he harboured hatred towards all taxi drivers for months before he forgave the man who changed his life
In November 2016, Aspeling broke his back when a taxi driver cut him off while he was driving a motorcycle in his hometown of Mookgophong.
The accident left Aspeling paralysed from the middle-chest down. For months after the accident, Aspeling hated all taxi drivers in general. However, he and his wife, Marizaan, both had to work hard at forgiveness.
It was not until Satekge's trial a year later that Aspeling found it in his heart to forgive him. News24 reported the judge asked him if he had forgiven Satekge, to which he could honestly answer 'yes'.
Briefly.co.za learned Satekge received a six month jail sentence for reckless and negligent driving.
Aspeling revealed the department of correctional services contacted him earlier this year to ask if he'd meet with the man who caused him to lose the function of his legs.
The father of two agreed to meet Satekge, whom lived with a lot of guilt for what happened to him. According to Aspeling, after Satekge apologised to him, he told him it was okay and that he had forgiven him.
The men have not seen each other since but Aspeling's co-workers told him Satekge owns a small chicken farm and it appears as if he has been doing well.
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