Letter: Honest Henry comes through!

We were on holiday at Umdloti and on Friday, September 1 went shopping in Ballito. Unfortunately, my handbag, with my cell phone and purse containing my ID, driver’s licence and credit cards, was stolen.

What should have been a nice Spring day turned into a nightmare for me thinking of all the red tape and “schlep” to go through applying for a new ID, licence and credit cards.

I felt “naked” because I had no handbag over my shoulder, no ID, no driver’s licence, no credit card, no money, no phone – NOTHING!

We could block the phone and cancel the credit cards but I still felt lost. The next day I was able to get a new phone as I was due for an upgrade and got my old number back.

Then, as we were on our way home in Limpopo on Monday morning, travelling on the N2 between Umdloti and Umhlanga, my phone rang and a guy with the name of Henry told me he is working for the Dept of Environmental Affairs and was cleaning up the beach at Thompson’s Beach that morning where he found some “stuff” under a pipe and bushes and on a card, which happens to be my old tourist guide ID, got my cell phone number.

His words were “You need this Madam because it’s your ID, licence and bank cards. I’ll wait for you here, I wear a green overall”.

Needless to say, we took the next offramp and drove back to Ballito and found Henry Sithembiso Dladla in his green overall at Thompson’s beach with an old Pick n Pay plastic bag containing everything that was in my handbag, even toothpicks and safety pins – all but my handbag and cell phone.

My purse was also cleaned out thoroughly, I even got my till slips back! Only the money was gone.

Our holiday didn’t end that badly after all and God clearly showed me there are still good, honest and caring people in this beautiful and wonderful country of ours. I salute Henry Sithembiso Dladla with the green overall. I took the attached photo of Henry so your readers can also salute this honest man whenever they might meet him.

I saved his number on my phone under “Honest Henry” – I will remember him for the rest of my life!



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