Car guards rescue journalist after robbery

2019-05-07 16:14
Sandile and Mndeni. (Photo: Facebook/Nabeelah Shaik)

Sandile and Mndeni. (Photo: Facebook/Nabeelah Shaik)

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When journalist Nabeelah Shaikh went to the Durban City Hall last Thursday to get commentary from homeless people about the upcoming election for a television insert, she had no idea she’d be the one to make headlines.

Three thieves robbed the journalist of her two cellphones – one she uses to record her interviews and the other is her personal phone – after threatening to attack her.

“Thanks to two car guards who came to help me, I managed to get my cellphones back quickly. The car guards ran after the thieves and returned the cellphones to me. I was in a state,” Nabeelah wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of the two homeless men, Sandile Ntshangase and Mndeni Mbili.

“I’m so grateful for what they did. They risked their lives to help me. Those boys could have fought back or tried to attack [Sandile and Mndeni], but they never thought of that,” the journalist told YOU.

After the incident, Sandile, Mndeni and other homeless people accompanied Nabeelah on the rest of her interviews to ensure she was safe. And the journalist couldn’t stop praising them on social media.

Her post about the two Good Samaritans – which was shared more than 3 000 times – tugged at the heartstrings of Durban residents who went out of their way to reward Sandile and Mndeni for their actions by donating money and clothing. Nabeelah says another “excellent person” made personalised caps with their names on for the two men. They’ve also landed jobs at a security company.

Is Nabeelah surprised by the overwhelming response of her followers to the post on social media?

“I never expected it at all. But it just shows how many good and kind people there are – especially here in Durban. The support from the public was fantastic – so many people reacted, shared the story and offered to try to change the lives of the goodhearted men,” she says.

“They won’t be employed as security guards at the company that hired them because they don’t have their identity documents or training certificates yet. For now they’ll clean around the area the company manages.

Nabeelah expressed her gratitude by sharing photos of the smiling guards on social media.

“This is a symbol of the power of social media and kind-hearted people! Thank you, Durban! I love the people in my city.”

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