Uber driver stops to help hijack victims after others pass by.

An Uber driver has been hailed a hero for stopping to help a family, in a well-known crime hotspot, on the R300 near Delft.


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Jean was driving when he saw people fighting on the side of the road. He pulled over to assist.

Robin Burgess and his family, who were visiting from George to attend his grandmother’s funeral, were the victims of opportunistic thugs.

“My car broke down on the side of the road, so I called my father to come and help,” Robin tells Namola.

“We were sitting in the car when three guys crossed the road. Two of them had machetes and one had a gun. They started to rob my parents and little brother, and I just lost it.”

Not caring for his own life, Robin fought off the perpetrator who was assaulting his mother. It was then that Jean pulled up and the perpetrators fled on foot, leaving Robin and his family wondering if they were going to find back up.

“We needed to get help, so we tried to flag down a passing police car,” says Robin. “ No one stopped to help us.”

Jean, remembering that he had the Namola on his phone, used Namola to request assistance. Namola supported by Dialdirect is a free mobile safety app available nationwide.

“About five minutes after I requested assistance from Namola, the police arrived,” says Jean.

Namola asked Jean what made him stop and help Robin and his family despite the potentially dangerous situation he was putting himself in.

“It makes me sad to see people getting hurt and no one wants to help,” Jean tells Namola. “We need to help each other out, especially when we are in trouble.”

We need more people like you in South Africa, Jean.

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Sources: Namola
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