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LEAD SA honours Crime Stopper with Hero award for October

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“I was in tears listening to Jenny’s program when the lady who runs a doggy parlour phoned in crying because her bakkie had been stolen with so many dogs in it,” said one of the hundreds of Talk Radio 702 listeners who nominated Wendy Sibeko to be October’s Lead SA Hero of the Month in the Gauteng region.

Wendy Sibeko received a record number of nominations to be from listeners countrywide after she called in to Talk Radio 702 presenter Jenny Crwys-Williams' show to positively identify the bakkie, which was stolen from fellow 702 listener Erica le Grange.

Not only did the vehicle belong to her company, Beauty and the Tramp doggie parlour, but the bakkie also had six of her company’s dogs at the back.

“These are people’s babies,” a distraught Erika said at the time, pleading with listeners to look out for her gold Bantam bakkie, or the dogs, and to let her know if they saw anything.

Wendy spotted the car about 30 minutes later in Mamelodi and immediately called the 702 studios. She also called the police and watched from a distance as she waited for them to arrive.

“I wanted to leave because I didn’t want the criminals to see me,” said Wendy.

After hearing how desperate Erika was to know about the state of the dogs, Wendy drove back to the scene and confirmed that the dogs were still in the car. “You’re my hero!”

A very humble Wendy was nervous to be presented with the award. “I wanted to do the right thing,” she said. “I heard her crying, I saw the bakkie and I had to report the crime.”

LEAD SA Heroes is a campaign that asks South Africans to nominate the people who bring positive change to their lives or communities. Each month, a hero will be chosen from these nominations in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape and their stories will be shared on radio and in print through the LEAD SA media partners.

From the monthly winners, an annual LEAD SA hero will be chosen.

To nominate your hero, visit www.leadsa.co.za and click on the banner on your right.


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