File photo: Posting on behalf of her sister, she shared a story of how a complete stranger came to the rescue during a shopping trip. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)
File photo: Posting on behalf of her sister, she shared a story of how a complete stranger came to the rescue during a shopping trip. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)

This is what Ubuntu looks like: Stranger pays for woman’s R1K grocery bill

By Marchelle Abrahams Time of article published Sep 14, 2021

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I’m Staying, a public Facebook group, has gained more than 1.2 million members over the years. A forum for heart-warming stories, it focusses on the beauty and positivity in South Africa, all in the spirit of Ubuntu.

But a recent post by Kutty Chabangu caught our attention. Posting on behalf of her sister, she shared a story of how a complete stranger came to the rescue during a shopping trip.

Sharing a picture of the till slip which amounted to just over R1 000 from Pick n Pay River Crescent in Witbank, Chabangu wrote: “My sister asked me to post on her behalf.

“Today around 2pm after work she went to do groceries at Pick n Pay River Crescent in Witbank. When she arrived at the till both her cards gave her a problem. When she was about to make a call about the cards the cashier alerted her of someone talking behind her.”

Picture: Kutty Chabangu/Facebook

When she turned around, there was a man who said he’d pay for the groceries.

“My sister got shocked and asked the guy if he can see it's R1000 not R100. The gentleman said 'I will pay for it'. My sister was so shocked and she couldn't believe it.”

The stranger gave his name as “Willhem” or “Vellhem”, and that’s about the only information she got out of him.

“I just want to say thank you to this gentleman, it is people like him that make this country a wonderful place to live in. May God bless him abundantly...and for that,” ended Chabangu.

The gesture of goodwill which happened last week did not go unnoticed by Facebook users - the post already has 2.6K likes and 169 comments.

“Amen.. Stay blessed.. So good to hear good news now days... Thank you Sir...,” commented one user.

Another said “Willem will be blessed.”

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