Unemployed 'hero' saves the day

2012-06-14 11:13
Sipho Sebela points to the windscreen he kicked in to assist two policemen who were trapped in the police van following an accident near Tzaneen. (SAPS, Beeld)

Sipho Sebela points to the windscreen he kicked in to assist two policemen who were trapped in the police van following an accident near Tzaneen. (SAPS, Beeld)

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Polokwane - When unemployed Sipho Sebela, 23, saw a police van overturn outside Tzaneen, he immediately worried about the people inside and thought only of saving lives.

Without any thought for his own safety, Sebela rushed to help the policemen trapped in the front of the van, reported Beeld.

He also pulled out the two uncuffed men in the back of the van and when he realised that they must be criminals, took handcuffs from the front and cuffed the two men to each other.

He took a service pistol that lay on the ground and kept it until police arrived.

He didn’t know that Mpho Monareng, 26, and Simon Nkoana, 29, where accused of murder and were being transported to stand trial in Ritavi.

“I was brave and told the criminals not to move. I only realised what I had done after a while. All I could think of was to save lives,” said Sebela.

The SAPS gave Sebela R4 000 on Wednesday to thank him for his brave actions.

A spokesperson said he was “in the right place at the right time”.


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