After Morgan Gold’s rental vehicle broke down at night on the N2 near Gugulethu, Cape Town, he and his partner Allison Ebrahimi feared the worst.
In a YouTube video, Vermont-based Morgan explained how the bonnet of their rental vehicle blew up shortly after the couple left Cape Town International Airport during a holiday in South Africa in 2012. After he parked the vehicle on the side of the N2, he tried to close the bonnet when it came completely off.
Last week, Morgan published a video on YouTube recounting his experience. The video has been trending on the social platform Reddit.
Gold goes on to describe his fear and paranoia when he realised the couple were stranded next to a notorious crime hotspot on the Cape Town highway.
When a guy in his mid-forties in a beaten up car pulled up behind them, Morgan feared for the couple's lives.
"This is the guy who’s going to come and kill us. I actually had the hood of the car in my hand and I was ready to smack anybody who came at me.”
But the man just berated them, telling the couple "what are you doing this is very dangerous you are taking your life in your hands and throwing it away”.
Once Morgan explained what had happened to their bonnet, the man offered to help them.
“My name is Jonathan and I am a born again Christian and a good Samaritan and I’ve been sent here to help you.”
It felt like any typical conman in America, Morgan said.
After the man took the bonnet, Morgan and Allison drove behind him in a bonnet-less vehicle towards the hotel
“We get about 10 minutes from the [hotel] and the guy pulls over and says to me 'We are almost at our hotel and I need money for petrol, could you please spare some rand',” Morgan said.
“So this was the moment I was waiting for, this guy is gonna try and con me and I said, ‘oh right whatever and I reach into my pocket and give him R200.’”
The man replied that petrol costs R300 in South Africa, whereafter Morgan gave him another R100. “I was fully expecting never to see the hood of the car again.”
After Morgan and Allison safely arrived at the hotel, and the car rental company met them there with a replacement vehicle, they asked for the bonnet of the vehicle back.
“This moment of panic sets in but is immediately released because out of the corner of my eye I see Jonathan in his little crappy car pull up. [He] pops out of the car, he’s waving the hood saying, ‘my friend my friend I have your bonnet’.”
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