Unemployed Good Samaritan returns doctor’s missing wallet

2012-09-26 00:00

AN unemployed Good Samaritan of Bizana in the Eastern Cape found a stranger’s wallet in a service station bathroom near Harrismith and resolved to do what he could to return it to its rightful, and very grateful, owner.

Lindile Mabude (32), who has had a hard time finding work, was on his way to visit his sister in Johannesburg when he found the wallet in the men’s bathroom on Monday.

Mabude, who used to work in customer services at FNB in Bizana, told The Witness yesterday: “I looked inside [the wallet] and saw that it had everything. His ID, passport, driver’s licence and bank cards.”

After arriving at his sister’s home, they immediately began looking for contact details. They found the name and telephone number of Dr Kobus Schutte (74), of Durban.

“We tried calling him, but it kept on going to voicemail,” he said.

Mabude and his sister eventually got through to Schutte, got his address and couriered the wallet to his home in Queensburgh in Durban.

Schutte said he had taken a Greyhound bus from Vereeniging and was on his way home to Durban on Monday morning when he left his wallet at the Montrose refreshment stop.

He said he felt foolish because he hadn’t wanted to put the wallet in his suitcase. “I was scared that it would be dark when we got to Durban, and someone might take my suitcase by mistake, so I kept it on my lap the whole time on the bus.”

When he couldn’t find it, he went to the driver of the bus and asked him if he could turn back, but was told it would not be possible.

“They SMSed me the tracking number [of the couriered wallet] this morning and said it would arrive here tomorrow,” Schutte told The Witness after hearing from Mabude.

“I was already thinking what I would do first. I was going to cancel my cards, apply for a new driver’s licence and ID. But now I don’t have to do all of that,” said a grateful Schutte, who is a psychologist and trauma counsellor at Malvern police station.

He said Mabude’s sister told him that he was having a tough time finding work.

“I think one of the things I will do will be to try and help him find work.

“When I was talking to the sister, she told me that she was worried about how I was feeling that I did not have my wallet. From that, I gather that the whole family is an honest kind of family,” he said.

“You have someone of high esteem who is honest. He is number one in anyone’s book,” Schutte said of Mabude.

“He has saved me a lot of trouble, and probably a lot of money.”

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