Good Sa­mar­i­tans in an of­ten un­friendly world

The Witness - - OPINION - SOLVEIG OTTE Hay­fields Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

I SYM­PA­THISE with those wait­ing in the queues out­side the Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs. It is aw­ful for those who wait for hours and are then told to re­turn an­other day be­cause thumbprints can­not be pro­cessed.

Dis­cour­aged, not know­ing who to ask for help to get my ID, I passed the mass of wait­ing hu­man­ity with ex­pec­tant faces, bound for home.

My age and my de­spair were noted. A strange woman stood up. “I will help you, I will be your rel­a­tive!” She took time to take me back to the of­fi­cer to check again if I could be helped, but again I was told I had to re­turn an­other day.

This an­gel in dis­guise walked with me for sev­eral blocks, through what she said was an un­safe area, and re­turned a few days later to fetch me, stand in for me with her own ID, and de­fend me as I waited for my ID.

For her, there was no bar­rier across race or cul­ture or age. There are good Sa­mar­i­tans hid­den in what some­times seems like an un­friendly world.

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