Be the man: Stranger inspires South Africa for just being a gentleman!

“I think a gentleman is someone who holds the comfort of other people above their own. The instinct to do that is inside every good man.” – Anna Kendrick.


Cape Town, South Africa – When you think about what is going on in South Africa, it is easy to get lost in negativity. The news reminds us daily that our crime is exceptionally high, that the economy is on the brink of breaking, unemployment stats are at an all-time high, corruption is rife, and the average South African is feeling the pressure.

It’s becoming increasingly challenging to be optimistic about the future of our country.

But every now and then a simple story of kindness gives us a glimmer of hope, and this is exactly what happened when Kirsten Pearson was waiting for an Uber in Cape Town on Sunday night… when a stranger stepped up and helped her feel safe again.

She shared the story on Facebook on Monday morning – which has quickly gone viral – with many women and men thanking the kind man, for being the man all men should be in our country.

Read the full post below:

“Last night at 22:00 I was waiting to get an Uber home from the city centre and something reassuring happened. 

A man saw that I was waiting alone. 

From a distance, he asked if I would feel safer if he waited with me. 

I said yes, thank you. 

He stood a few meters away from me so that I didn’t feel uncomfortable and waited with me until the Uber arrived. 

I didn’t even get his name. 

He just showed up and performed an action that says that some men are hearing women’s calls and are willing to support through everyday actions.” 

Sources: Facebook 
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