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'I want to return wallet, I don't take what is not mine'

By unknown | May 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

In these days when gory articles about crime and grief jump from newspapers' front pages almost daily, Thomas Dlamini saunters into Sowetan's offices with a story of hope.

The 47-year-old chef hails from Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, but works and lives in Kensington, Johannesburg. Dlamini is the father of five girls.

Three weeks ago he was commuting from Pretoria to Siyabuswa in a taxi when he realised that one of the passengers had dropped his wallet before disembarking.

Now Dlamini is determined to return the wallet and its contents - a driver's licence, bank debit card and R480 in cash - to its rightful owner.

"I have tried finding the owner, but was not successful," he said.

Dlamini said that the owner, AJ Kabini, got off at Kwaggafontein, near the police station, in Mpumalanga.

Dlamini went to the police station but the officers said he could leave the licence and hopefully the owner would come to claim it.

"I then left without leaving the licence.

"The bank, which I had approached, was sympathetic and gave me his contact phone number, but my efforts to find him have been unsuccessful.

"If only I had found the wallet before he got off the taxi it would have made things easy for me.

"Now it is hard for me to track down the owner," Dlamini said.

"I know people will probably think I want something in return, but I do not. It's just the ubuntu in me because I would want my personal belongings returned to me when they got lost.

"Losing your personal belongings is not easy for anyone."

Dlamini said that he would try everything in his power to find the owner.

"My wife, too, insists I find the owner," he said.

"I was not raised to take what was not mine, hence the reason for wanting to return the wallet."

Kabini can call Dlamini on 079-603-8786 or Sowetan on 011-471-4057.


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