A Facebook post looking for the taxi guard that showed kindness towards the elderly and people with disabilities is a success as he was found.
Pelican Park, Cape Town – Roger Jacobs was on his daily commute as always only this time, he would experience one of the most heartwarming commutes of his life. Roger got into a taxi with a massive sticker on the front that reads “Dominator” thinking the ride would be like every other he has taken in his life.
As the ride went on, an elderly lady was ready to get off the taxi so they stopped.
The taxi gaatjie – which is the guard who calls for passengers and takes in the money on a minibus taxi – walked the old lady with all her bags to the bus stop nearby before returning to the taxi.
“This morning I got into this taxi, paid and thought it was just gonna be a normal taxi drive. But it all changed when we got to Pelican Park. This was when he helped an old lady with her bags to the bus stop. Then we drove a bit further and he then gave a disabled lady a lift to 5th Avenue in Lotus. At the same moment, another disabled man got in. Believing that he was also offered a lift. I thought the gatjie would tell the man to get out. Instead, he joked and let the man drive with.”
The man who did this changed Roger’s perception of taxi “gaatjies”. He always saw them as rude, impatient and inconsiderate and never believed they could be capable of such kindness.
“But today I’ve learnt a great lesson and now know that not all people are bad. Just because the rest of the people in that line of work are. He was kind enough for me to take this picture. I even gave him back the change he gave me. Because it’s not every day that you get to see people do such things.
Always be kind and love one another.”
Roger posted the image on Facebook along with the story of the man’s kindness hoping he could be identified.
Immediately people identified him as Ryan “LiittLes” Jacobs who works alongside his driver on the Wynberg taxi route. Those who know him personally have attested that he is a very kind, soft and helpful soul.
Ryan is an inspiration, we hope his actions will inspire more people to be kind and considerate to the elderly and those with various disabilities.