Teacher collars cellphone thief

2010-02-23 00:00

CITIZENS need to do their bit to tackle the scourge of crime, says Nishan Sewraj, who practised what he preached yesterday morning when he chased down and caught a cellphone thief.

Sewraj, a maths teacher at the Nxamalala Islamic School, said it is not the first time he has had to chase down and capture a crook.

Yesterday morning, he chased and caught a high school pupil who had just robbed his colleague, Fathima Moolla, of her cellphone.

He said he and his school principal were on their way to pick up Moolla and other teachers when they stopped at a garage in Church Street to fill up with petrol.

They had stopped a few metres away from where Moolla was standing.

Sewraj said he heard Moolla screaming “stop!” and saw a young man in school uniform fleeing.

“I instinctively chased after the guy. He went through to East Street and then Pietermaritz Street. All the while I was calling on people to stop him and no one did.”

He said a police officer driving in the area managed to stop the crook and catch him and recovered the phone.

Sewraj said he is not fearful of fighting crime. “In December I apprehended another [man] who had broken into my car.”

Moolla, who was grateful for the recovery of her phone, said the incident had terrified her.

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