Women endangers herself and kids to help a stranger

2011-08-30 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG woman feared for her and her children’s lives after a criminal turned a gun on her when she stopped to assist a stranger being robbed in Pietermaritzburg’s Bulwer Street on Friday afternoon.

Sonja Thomas was travelling with four of her children, aged between 11 and 18, when she came across a robbery at about 3 pm.

Two men had cornered a man and were robbing him.

Thomas hooted and shouted at the two men to try to stop them from robbing the man.

One of the men, who was carrying a firearm, left the victim and headed for Thomas’s car while the other man continued to harass the victim.

Thomas said she froze at the sight of the gun, fearing what the man could do with it.

“My children had crouched on the floor of the car and I also crouched down near the pedals.

“I managed to slowly move and steer the car and the man just kept following us with his gun in his hand.”

She said she ran a red robot.

She was lucky to spot two police officers in the vicinity.

She told them what was happening and the officers responded promptly and arrested the two men.

“When I saw that man being attacked I just knew that I had to help because that is the type of person that I am.

“If I see someone who needs help, I just stop and offer my help,” said Thomas.

“I was nearly injured trying to help someone that I did not even know and my children were in the car.”

Thomas said the incident has left her children traumatised.

The did not attend school yesterday.

“I am glad that person was helped though, and he came over and thanked me for what I had done,” said Thomas.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident and said the robbery victim, who has not reported t he incident, should contact the police to open a case.

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