AN OFF-DUTY COP COMBATS CRIME
By: Khetho Dlamini
One of three robbery suspects has been shot and arrested whilst the other two fled at Mobeni Heights earlier this week.
The woman, who was waiting for her transport, was approached by three men who allegedly assaulted her and robbed her of her handbag and cell phone before fleeing.
When the men were assaulting her, she screamed for help and her neighbour who is a police officer at the South African Police Service Presidential Protection Services came to her
He was off-duty. But, he chased the suspects on foot and confronted the three men.
The suspect that was shot was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard.
The victim’s handbag was recovered from the injured suspect.
Police Spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said, “He (the suspect) will be charged for robbery with aggravating circumstances and will appear in Chatsworth Magistrates Court soon.”
Residents of Mobeni Heights expressed gratitude to the police for an immediate response.
“To think that he was off-duty but was able to confront three men is somethings that we are very grateful for because with all that is happening, very few police would take such a risk,”
said Nozipho Masinga, a resident.
According to Naicker, the combating of crime is the main objective of the SAPS and keeping the society crime free is what the police aim to achieve.