‘Noble’: man returns wallet with R1?000

2011-06-29 00:00

POLICE were gobsmacked when an elderly man walked into their Port Shepstone offices to return a wallet crammed with more than R1 000 and credit cards.

Eighty-four-year-old James Mokhethi Snyman Rasenyabo cut a noble figure with his walking stick as he warmly addressed the police officer in attendance: “I believe this belongs to someone.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the Port Shepstone police said Rasenyabo even declined a reward from the owner of the wallet.

He simply asked, “Why would I want to take your money, young man?”

Rasenyabo, who hails from the Free State and lives in the Mtwalume area in Hibberdene, found the wallet in the Port Shepstone CBD.

He said he was the first interpreter at the regional court in Port Shepstone.

Wiid praised his honesty and said that people should take a page from his book.

“Here is an elderly man — simple and noble — who probably could have done with the substantial amount of money, but decided to do the right thing. It was a momentous moment for all of us.”

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