Teen recalls mom’s words, gets rewards for honesty

2014-12-15 00:00

AS he fought the temptation to sell the iPad he had found, Ayanda Mjuqu (18) remembered the lessons his mother taught him and in turn, was rewarded.

Mjuqu, a Grade 11 pupil at Heather Secondary, said he was shopping in town on November 20 when he came across the iPad.

“I found the iPad tablet on the corner of Church Street and Longmarket Street. At first I was tempted to sell it, but then I remembered my mom telling me I should never be happy over someone else’s tears.”

Mjuqu said he took the tablet home to his mother, who then contacted Pietermaritzburg Crime Alert founder Shanaaz Bux, to send out messages and posts to find the owner of the iPad.

“I am very proud of him,” beamed Mjuqu’s mom Busisiwe Ngubane.

After days of posting the found iPad on community groups all over Facebook, Bux handed the iPad over to Brigadier Francis Bantham of the Mountain Rise police station to search for the owner.

Bantham said it was individuals like Mjuqu that propelled the constant fight against crime.

“He is a clear example for the youth to follow in the fight against crime,” she said.

Bux, along with her followers on BlackBerry Messenger, who she has deemed the “Crimemaniacs”, pooled money together and were able to present Mjuqu with a brand new phone.

Mjuqu was also presented with R1 000 in cash by Mi7 Security director Shadrach Karein.

Ngubane watched with pride as her son was congratulated, and tears of joy spilled down her cheeks.

“We never expected anything to come of this.

“We gave our son a hug when he returned home with the tablet, but we never thought it would turn out to be a big thing,” said Mjuqu’s father Shadrack Ngubane.

Mjuqu said he was thankful that his parents brought him up to be honest and was grateful for the overwhelming response of congratulations he had received from the community and Bantham.

“People like Ayanda are out future brigadiers and generals.

“I have been with the police for 24 years and have never heard of a story like this,” said Bantham.

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