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A woman was forced to pull over along the highway, behind a truck. Her first thoughts were “please don’t let me become another statistic”, but her story is a beautiful reminder that there are really good people in South Africa!


Johannesburg South, South Africa – On Tuesday Xanthe Schwark was on her way home from work when she accidentally drove over a large piece of metal that she did not even see. The piece of metal had lodged itself into the bottom of the car, causing a sound that made her think that the entire underside of her car was dragging on the highway!

What happened next is a beautiful reminder that there are good people in South Africa, and we shouldn’t believe all the doom and gloom we constantly find in mainstream media!

Schwark took to Facebook to share the inspirational story.

“I pulled over behind a truck, frantic, thinking I don’t want to be another statistic… the truck driver saw me and told me to move my car closer to the embankment – away from the trucks and cars speeding past.  

He jacked my car up, got some rope and pulled this piece of metal out from the bottom of my car with a hard tug – there’s no way I would’ve made it home with it stuck there, and I couldn’t get it out!  

My point is, with all the bad media going around spreading fear and hopelessness… I had to be reminded that there are good people out there still willing to help each other out.

Anyway, I asked him his name and which company he worked for so that I can let them know how he has helped me, he just Sibusiso and said that he didn’t do it for recognition.

He asked for some water, which I didn’t have…gave him a big hug (he was so shocked) and the R100 I had squashed into my purse which he was so grateful for, and I was on my way… safe and grateful that he was there to help me!!

Thanks, Sibusiso!

P.S. He didn’t want to pose for the photo.” 

Thank you for sharing your story, and thank you for reminding South Africans that there are good people in our country, who want nothing more than to be kind and help each other be better.

He may not have wanted to be recognised for his act of kindness but we’re really thankful that Schwark shared the story and the photo, and believe more people need to see it.

How a truck driver is reminding us all that there are really good people in SA!

Sources: Facebook 
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