On Friday, 12 April #ImStaying member Kirsten Clark shared the following post to the group:
“This guy couldn’t get on the pavement due to his wheelchair being a bit buckled, so he was on the road, we stopped to help. Before I could get out to help him this cop pulled in front of us and helped this fellow get to the safe pathway and out of the road. I was hooting, waving etc to thank this OFFICER. WELL DONE PIETERMARITZBURG TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT. #imstaying this officer needs praise. You are why we love our country, Hearts of Gold.”
The post has since attracted more than 3,000 ‘Likes’ and has been shared nearly 200 times.
Some of the comments left on the post include:
“That’s the way police should be seen. As a service to their communities. Well done officer.”
“Fantastic, small acts of kindness will change this country. Well done office”
” You don’t need to know someone to help then when you can. An act of kindness. Dankie Office South Africa need ppl like you.”
” What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do. A compassionate person.”
We managed to track down the compassionate traffic officer, 36-year-old Ernest Goge.
Ernest, a Msunduzi Municipality employee, has been a traffic officer for 6 years. He was driving along Alexandra Road in Pietermaritzburg when he noticed a wheelchair-bound individual battling to get on the pavement. He never even considered not stopping to assist as he takes his duty of protecting the citizens of our country very seriously.
In a time where our civil servants are under increased fire for unscrupulous behavior, small acts of kindness make a huge impact.
Officer Goge, we salute you! Thank you for serving your community with kindness and determination!
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