What makes Mbele’s kindness a different kind of Ubuntu?

Ideas

What makes Mbele’s kindness a different kind of Ubuntu?

Some say the story was such a big deal only because it was a black man helping a white woman

Columnist

It was not a big deal to me, and some Africans, that a man had bought a stranger fuel and expected nothing in return because, as blacks, we are raised to show Ubuntu to other human beings.

Petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele made headlines after he paid R100 to top up the tank of a motorist who had stopped for petrol but realised she had forgotten her bank card on her way to Cape Town.

Mbele was reported to have told Monet van Deventer that he was worried she would be stranded on the N2 highway after running out of petrol and be attacked by criminals. “I believe there is no black and white, I wish to bring peace and to bring people together,” Mbele was quoted saying...

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Next Article