- A heart-wrenching video surfaced online showing an elderly street vendor getting arrested for trading without a permit
- Tumi Sole saw the video and he immediately offered his assistance, including paying her fine
- Soon, other South Africans joined Sole and worked hard to get the gogo out of jail
The lockdown has impacted the entire country but especially those who are poor and rely on work on a day-to-day basis to survive.
One gogo, Thabethe, was arrested for selling atchar without a permit and the heart-breaking video of her arrested went viral online.
While everyone agreed that the law must be abided at all times, many felt sorry for the elderly lady who only wanted to generate an income.
The clip was seen by over 268 000 Twitter users and it caught the attention of Tumi Sole. Sole was so touched by the footage, he immediately offered his help.
In a tweet, Sole shared the video and captioned it:
"Hi @GraemeRauby please let me know if uMama is still at held at Dobsonville Police Station or whether she was released on warning. If she’s there, it’s likely that she doesn’t have money for the fine, I’ll gladly pay that fine. Drop me a DM."
Sole went on to explain why the video touched his heart so much that he offered help. He revealed he grew up in the area and is aware of the people's struggles.
"I grew up in Dobsonville and I understand the struggles of our people. This is in no way discounting that she doesn’t have a permit but I can’t let her become part of the prison stats due to her not having a permit."
In another post, Sole revealed other South Africans have since come forward to offer their help.
In a series of tweets, Sole added that it was a mission to help the elderly lady but he would not rest until she was safe at home on Thursday night.
Several hours after her arrest, the gogo was finally allowed to go home and Sole could not wait to share the news with his followers:
Sole ended the thread on Thursday evening by thanking a couple of people who went out of their way to help the elderly street vendor.
Sole gave Mzansi an update on Friday morning, writing:
"Dumelang. Just spoke to uMama Thabethe and she sends her appreciation. She’s making her way to Roodeport Court and will be met by an attorney there. Spoke to her son uNjabulo and he also sends ukubonga."
Sole was then finally able to give social media users good news and revealed the gogo is free to live her life.
South Africans could not have been happier to hear about the news and Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the reactions.
Miss Lelo, @MsLeloB, commented:
"That’s awesome. Well done on always being available to help."
Makiba wa Mopedi, @zationmaki, added:
"Thank you very much for your generosity sister (@Nthabi_Bubz). May God bless your good heart."
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