Karma smiles on honest car guard

2014-08-16 00:00

IF ALL goes according to plan, the “world’s most honest car guard” will be looking after his last cars this weekend.

David Kalonga, who guards cars at Pietermaritzburg’s Greater Edendale Mall, has landed a permanent job as a despatch checker at Professional Risk and Asset Management in Durban. He starts his new job on Monday.

Kalonga was offered the job without any interview being conducted when word of his honesty reached Professional Risk and Asset Management general manager Gerald van Zyl.

On Tuesday, The Witness reported that Kalonga had turned in a bag containing more than R15 000 in cash to a shopper who had left his bag in a trolley.

The story appeared on news24.com, where it was one of the most read pieces during the week.

It was also picked up by independent radio station Jacaranda FM, which interviewed Kalonga on air on Thursday morning. It was during that show that Van Zyl called in to offer him the job — without having to undergo an interview or polygraph test, as all his potential employees do.

“You don’t have to come for an interview. I think you’ve already passed the polygraph test. I commend your honesty and integrity. My manager will contact you and welcome on board,” said Van Zyl once Kalonga had accepted his offer.

“I believe he will make it big time. He has the potential to became a manager and grow into a decent senior position in our organisation,” he said.

Once the broadcast was over, the down-to-earth Kalonga returned to his current job with his customary smile.

“Being a car guard was just a job that I was doing while I was looking for a job that will help me support my family. This is a dream come true.

“I loved and respected the job I was doing,” he said, adding that he has a Grade 11 level of education.

The motorist whose bag Kalonga found came in for criticism online for giving him R400 to share with the others who ensured his possessions were returned intact, but the car guard was unperturbed.

“I didn’t get disappointed when I was given the money to share because I knew that my reward will come from God,” he said.

Although Kalonga will no longer guard cars, he asked motorists to respect the colleagues he is leaving behind. “They can do that by greeting them and giving them tips, because they are depending on them. Most of the time customers only talk to car guards if they have problems with the cars,” he said.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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