Car guard enjoys fruits of his honesty

2014-08-22 00:00

A CAR guard who returned thousands of rands he found in a trolley is enjoying the fruits of his honesty.

Yesterday, David Kalonga, started a new job — one that was offered to him as a reward for handing back the cash.

Last week The Witness reported that Kalonga had found a bag in a shopping trolley in Pietermaritzburg and had handed it to security guards who returned it to the owner. The story appeared on the News24 website where it quickly became one of the most-read.

The bag contained a cellphone, identity document, driver’s licence, some documents and R15 400 cash.

Kalonga said he returned the money because he thought that if he ever lost any valuables he hoped they would be returned.

Professional Risk and Asset Management’s Gery Venter said after they read the article they had to find Kalonga and offer him a job.

Yesterday Kalonga, sporting his brand new uniform, said he was excited to take on his new responsibilities as an asset assessor which requires that he works with large amounts of merchandise.

The 23-year-old moved to South Africa three months ago from Zimbabwe. “I wanted to find a job here for a better life for my family.

“I wasn’t expecting anything to come off what happened last week but I’m very grateful that I got a call asking if I wanted a new job.

“I sent the article to my family in Zimbabwe and they were so proud of me, especially my mother,” said Kalonga.

Venter, who is based in Johannesburg, said his company managed to contact Kalonga last week and he met him in Durban.

“In this line of work we need people who are honest. It’s one thing to find a job but it’s another thing to find people who appreciate honesty,” said Venter.

He said that Kalonga had been fitting in well on his first day and that he was sure he would become a manager in no time.

Venter said Kalonga was the best investment their company had made all year.

• rumana.akoob@witness.co.za

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