- A woman shared the story of a local man who collects trash
- She learnt that he is supporting a disabled child after her mother abandoned them
- Social media users were saddened but also inspired by his story
A woman has shared the heart-breaking story of a local rubbish collector named Bongani. He collects rubbish from people's cars at a traffic intersection in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. The single dad is raising a child on his own after they were abandoned by the mother. His wish is to see his daughter break out of the cycle of poverty and have a better life.
Bongani's story was shared by Nicky Douglas on the Facebook group 'ImStaying'. She regularly sees the friendly man collecting rubbish from passing cars in exchange for tips. She decided to take him out for breakfast.
He shared that his wife left a few years ago, leaving him with two children. Three years ago he lost his son, who was in matric at the time. He died from complications due to a ruptured appendix.
His daughter, Akhona, was involved in a horrific accident a couple of years ago while being transported on the back of a bakkie and was left with a very serious leg injury, which has disabled her. She attends a Christian boarding school in town and Bongani takes her home on weekends.
The story touched the woman's heart and after breakfast, she took him to the Pick n Pay clothing to buy clothing for his daughter. Bongani's story touched many social media users and inspired many others.
Facebook user Larnay Nadine Sacco-Saal said:
"God bless you. Stay awesome. Bongani's life will never be the same again because so many people now knows his story."
Kegomoditswe Mphela said:
"Bongani you are my inspiration, that all is not lost."
Pelisa Njoloza said:
"Wow! Nicky I'm speechless with tears in my eyes... for those who don't know S.A, that's our culture our spirit UBUNTU... may you be abundantly blessed Nicky. Thanks for sharing this story."
Sam Leigh Kirsten said:
"Bongani is the best!!! He always knows how to make you feel so great with his charm at the robots which helps after a long day!!!! Thank you for spoiling him, he really deserves it."
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