Stolen bag secretly returned to owner Back in her hands

2015-11-30 14:24
Thamally Ndlovu with her handbag that was found on her doorstep a few days after it had been stolen from Brookside Mall.

Thamally Ndlovu with her handbag that was found on her doorstep a few days after it had been stolen from Brookside Mall. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Possibly any woman’s worst nightmare ended in smiles for a local teacher when her stolen handbag was mysteriously returned to her doorstep two days later.

Although Thamally Ndlovu’s money and cellphone were missing, her handbag with her bank cards, personal documents and even her shopping list was carefully put back into her yard last week.

Ndlovu, a teacher at Deccan Road Primary School, said her handbag was stolen from her trolley whilst she was packing her boot with her groceries at Brookside Mall last Monday.

“I was so busy packing all my things in my boot that later I didn’t realise that I had driven off leaving my handbag still in the trolley. When I returned a few minutes later, it was gone. As women, we live in our handbags and to have it stolen felt like I had lost a piece of me,” said Ndlovu.

She said she immediately went to the police station to report her belongings as stolen and started the inconvenient tasks of applying for a new ID and driver’s licence.

“I was quite down because I had just withdrawn R2 400 from the ATM and that money was in my bag.

“Apart from that, I had my Internet dongle and bank cards and many personal documents like my ID, payslip and medical aid letters in my bag,” she said.

After completing her school work at around 11.30 pm on Wednesday, Ndlovu went to lock her front gate when she noticed “something strange” at the gate.

“At first I thought it was a cat but when I looked carefully, I realised it looked exactly like my handbag. I ran to wake my husband and children up and called all of them to come see.”

She said her entire family just stood in silence before she picked her bag up.

“First I felt the compartment for my phone and dongle and I realised it wasn’t there. But then when I went through all my things I found that my bank cards, ID, driver’s licence and even my handwritten shopping list was still in my bag,” she said.

Ndlovu was so excited that her handbag had been returned, she said she gathered her entire family together in the yard that night and started praying.

“We prayed and cried and thanked God. Thanked Him for making the thief brave enough to return what they didn’t want. I just want to say a big thank you to whoever returned my bag and if it was the same person who stole it, I still want to say thank you and may God bless them,” said Ndlovu.


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