KZN guard unlikely hero for pro surfer

2015-07-02 18:10
Wanda Nene with international surf star Travis Logie. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Wanda Nene with international surf star Travis Logie. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - A city security guard became an unlikely hero for international surf star Travis Logie after finding the wave-rider's passports and ID documents that had been stolen out of a rental car last week.

Logie had flown back to South Africa for the Billabong Pro Ballito, where he is serving as a surfer liaison.

Speaking to News24, he said he had flown into Durban from Los Angeles and picked up a rental car.

“Basically I landed and got a rental car and went to pick up my wife from her sister’s house in Gordon Road in Morningside,” he said.

“I ran up to fetch her and I was inside for no longer than five minutes. When we came down, the window of the car was smashed and my backpack with my passports and laptops was gone,” he added.

“That was last week and I really thought I was up shit street. I had no passport and I am leaving for the US Surfing Open in 10 days.

“Two days after my bag was taken, I was at my niece’s birthday party and got a call from a random number, and it turned out to be Wanda from Enforce Security,” Logie said.

The surfer said he went to meet Wanda Nene, who had discovered his passports and ID in a woman’s handbag along his patrol route in the city centre.

“Sadly I lost the laptop and both my phones. [However], my British passport and South African passport and ID were all in there. I was really stoked; it saved me a lot of stress, money and time,” he said.

Enforce Security director Anthony Feuilherade said the bag was found near the Durban Railway Station.

“Guard Wanda Nene noticed an abandoned bag on the floor. He looked through the bag and saw it contained documents including an ID document. Among the documents Wanda found a piece of paper with a cellphone number written on it. He then proceeded to call the number,” he said.

“We are incredibly proud to have employees like Wanda as part of our team. Wanda was not only alert and proactive, but he also went out of his way to assist the owner of the bag, and for that he can be just as proud of himself as we are of him.”

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