Please do not for one minute think I am naïve: yes, I have been mugged and some of the people in my immediate circle have been victims of crime, but I am still convinced we live in the best country in the world, and we are the best people in the world.
On a personal note, I once lost my wallet in a taxi and because I had my business cards in there, the driver gave me a call and gave it back to me, with every single cent and Rand in it. This Good Samaritan had absolutely no reason to be so thoughtful, but he did.
A mate of mine also told of a story that he forgot to lock the car in a parking lot and the car guard stayed with the vehicle until ungodly hours of the morning, making sure it was safe. You can choose to be a skeptic and say that he did it for the tip he received, but he had no idea how long the driver would be gone. I say he chose to do the good thing and it paid off, like it usually does.
Yet another example of this took place in Cape Town where more than R20 000 was raised for a waitress who was hackled by #RhodesMustFall activist. The activist had posted on Facebook that he was happy about not tipping a white woman, writing “We will tip when you give back the land” on the invoice.
The public got a hold of this undue altercation and through social media, raised more than R20 000 for the waitress. It turns out the waitress has a mother who was diagnosed with cancer, and she is working to pay for her exorbitant medication.
Every time a force tries to place a wedge between us, South Africans seem to come up with innovative bridges that close these gaps, and that brings pure joy my heart each time I hear of this. All the man and woman on the street wants is to be safe and feel like he or she belongs.
It takes guts to go against the grain and do the right thing, but that is what all of us need to make our beautiful country even greater.