Last week the story of a young white boy who gifted his favorite petrol attendant a bicycle but some people have misinterpreted the gesture.
Mandy Moo posted on her Facebook page about her ten-year-old son Vaughn’s act of kindness.
She states that about two months ago, they met a wonderful man named Tony at a petrol station in Gillitts. It was on this day that her son wasn’t feeling well and Tony immediately brought a smile to Vaughn’s face. Since then, trips to the garage were much more interesting as Vaughn looked forward to chatting to his new friend.
Both Tony and Vaughn spoke extensively about the different bikes on the market and what interests they shared. Tony mentioned that he was looking for a reasonably priced bike, Vaughn promised he would find him one.
Vaughn had been saving all the silver coins he could find for a holiday with his parents, and when he asked if he could crack open the piggy to use his savings to get Tony a bike, Mandy was touched by the gesture.
She wrote: “Our children make us proud on so many occasions but today my heart and his is so full of the joy at the kind man’s face as he, rather stunned accepted his gift from this 10-year old boy.”
The act of kindness didn’t stop there. A South African Retailer jumped on board and even gave Tony a shopping voucher. Amazing!
The story was mostly received positively in South Africa and people were inspired by their friendship. However, not everyone saw the kind gesture in a positive light and some social media users slammed it online.
A Twitter user, who was identified as @_BlackProtector, slammed the story and said the boy can keep his bicycle. “Is this really the South Africa we want? Where black people are permanently disempowered. A grown black man must accept gifts from a young white boy who has never worked a day in his life but is already wealthier than him. Keep the bicycle, Give us our land,” she wrote.
She went on to add: “Some people refuse to acknowledge that our past of colonialism, apartheid & dispossession informs everything about our present condition. You cannot view SA society in isolation of its past, Properly analysed. You will then see how power & privilege has manifested itself in a gift.”https://newsoweto.co.za/keep-the-bicycle-give-us-our-land-angry-woman-tells-white-boy-who-gifted-petrol-attendant-a-bicycle/Life & Love