Gerhard Horn is one of SA's motoring journos. He's a husband to his super-wife Feebs, and a father of two little boys, and he has an incredible sense of humour, as well as a strange obsession with cupholders.
He recently found himself in a pickle when a complete stranger came to his aid. This is his story:
The Mini was meant as a toy. A project car I could work on over the weekends, and eventually, turn into a mini-rally car of sorts.
It has become my daily, and I use it to drive between Centurion and Johannesburg thrice a week.
So, there I was. Stranded next to the road near Diepsloot, and it took about two minutes before the first car pulled up behind me. Quiet road, strange vehicle, I knew where this was going. I am South African after all, so always prepared for the worst. I think the Covid-19 virus made us even more negative overall. I was sure getting mugged would just be another thing I could tick off while playing 2021 bingo.
I couldn't have been more wrong, because it wasn't a bad guy who saw an opportunity to mug somebody stuck next to the road. His name was Abinet, and he was one of the kindest, most decent people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.