Pretoria shoot-out 'like The Matrix'

2012-10-08 09:14

Pretoria - A wild shoot-out between robbers and security guards on the streets of Centurion was like something out of action movie The Matrix, said a security guard.

Jaco du Toit, 33, a security official with Monitor Net told Beeld how he chased after four robbers who had attacked people at a fuel station.

Garage employees approached Du Toit and his friend, Darron de Lange from Apcam, who arrived in two cars at the fuel station to buy coffee, and told them of the gang.

Du Toit and De Lange immediately set off after the robbers in one car, trying to force them off the road.

The robbers drove at a speed of 190km/h and shot at Du Toit and De Lange.

“They shot first and then I shot back,” said Du Toit.

He shot one man in the back through a window and also hit the left back wheel of the car, causing it to overturn and roll into oncoming traffic.

“It looked like The Matrix, with the robbers flying through the air.”

Three of the men needed medical attention and a fourth ran away. .

De Lange, who was driving, said he thought he wouldn’t survive the chase.

“It felt good to catch them,” said Du Toit.

A police spokesperson confirmed the incident. 

  • theo.konings.9 - 2012-10-08 09:21

    Well done, I would like to buy you a Bells !!!

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-08 09:48

      Johnny Walker BLUE LABEL is more like it.

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-08 10:13

      Thank you guys to make this country safer, we all should fight this crime back with the same attitud and we will win this war on crime. We can not count on this Government.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-08 10:13

      What's the bet that the ANC puppet Police will try to open a case against the security guard?

      ingwe - 2012-10-08 10:16

      Alastair is this your personal opinion or with the sparse information available a learned legal opinion?

      hendrikvs - 2012-10-08 10:18

      Ag shame Alastair!

      Michael - 2012-10-08 10:20

      Alastair, you are an idiot! It's called probable cause, he had a description of the vehicle, they were obviously fleeing(190km/h), and shot first. With such a vivid imagination it's too bad you're such a pessimist. This isn't Boston Legal, it's real life and I'm sure a judge will see it the same way, regardless of what the 4 crims have to say. Common sense will prevail.

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-08 11:08

      Gone are the day when you could rely on the South African Police to quickly and effectively seize (and destroy) criminals. Today the SAPS are in fact the criminal masterminds, acting as the private army of the Nkandla 'D1CK'-tator...

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-08 13:01

      Security officers are catching more thieves than our police lately!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-08 09:27

    Where the police fail, we will prevail...Great Job guys!

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-10-08 19:11

      bob,police on your residential area fail not where am staying

  • mahlorislash - 2012-10-08 09:28

    Some light on this dark pit. Well done

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-10-08 09:29

    Give 'em both a Bells!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-08 09:30

    Good on you, just hope these dimwits don't try and charge you with shooting innocent robbers. :)

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-08 09:31

    Well done to them for being brave and giving chase, but it also sounds like they were a little reckless and caught up in the action... the car rolled into oncoming traffic, innocent people could have been seriously injured. Sorry for being a party pooper, but still.

      piet.snot.77964 - 2012-10-08 12:06

      It's called 'possible collateral damage' - and a risk that sometimes needs to be taken. If we all sat back and let the robbers and theives get away with their deeds we would be ruled by them - and if fact are.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-08 09:31

    Shud have went after the uninjured 1 because the other 3 are going to claim 'loss of memory'

  • wouldntit.benice.1 - 2012-10-08 09:35


  • rmoolman - 2012-10-08 09:36

    Sounds like this country has well and truly decayed into a state of anarchy. God, I am glad I don't live there anymore.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-10-08 09:51

      Are you trying to convince yourself? There is no place like home and the grass is almost never greener on the other side.

      Michael - 2012-10-08 09:51

      Amen to that. I'm never going back!

      john.young.56808995 - 2012-10-08 10:01

      And yet you are still trawling SA sites - your actions betray you!

      adrian.boulle - 2012-10-08 10:05

      I'm sorry to say but from what I hear, South Africa is like Disneyland compared to what happens in America and elsewhere. Almost everyday you hear of reports of a mad man goes on shooting spree at a shopping mall. I love South Africa!!!

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-10-08 10:45

      Hey! South Africa is AWESOME! Just because you are a woes doesnt give you the right to talk bad about SA. this country will be a beautiful place in a couple more years! I have great hope and faith in South Africa! All races in general hate the crime and the minority is against the majority! We will stand as a people, no colour wars, but as one, and fight the evil and get our country back. You are just a loser for leaving! A chicken! Life is life, no matter where you try and hide! I choose to go through the fire with my country and it's people! We will come out stronger and definitely victorious in the end! So shove off!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-08 10:54

      Moolman and Michael, we don't want you back, not even for holidays! Leave South Africa to those that had the guts to stay and make a go of it. The rats leaving the sinking ship might just shed the excess weight and lighten the ship enough for us to reach the harbour. If not, we will swim knowing we tried. If we do succeed, those that wish to get back on board will not be welcome as they can not be trusted when the going gets tough and be seen for the opportunists they are.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 11:05

      Well the Wild West was tamed through sheer hard work and grit. Look at america now, sure they've got problems as well, but one of the most powerful countries in the world. Not to mention their amazing patriotism. No, nothing much has ever been gained from running away. Our problems are huge, and what I really don't like and have never agreed with is that civilians should have to retaliate and fight criminals instead of an efficient police force, but OK, if that's what it takes, then the Wild West we will become, and we will endure and win.

      paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-10-08 11:32

      Your back is more appealing then your front. Where are yoy now where this very samy thing does not happen; it is not even safe in the Vetican.

      rean.lubbe - 2012-10-08 12:24

      I hear you moolman, africa aint for sissies, we're also glad you left.

      estelle.claassens.3 - 2012-10-08 12:46

      If you were a man you would come back and help fight the crime, boetie!!!!!

      jeffrey.d.walker.9 - 2012-10-08 12:52

      We will not flee, we will defend ourselves,we refuse to be intimidated, if the authorities fail to do their job, it will be done by others. In Black township 16 thieves have been stoned or necklaced we are ALL tired of crime, and WILL fight back, not flee, cause we are the true SOUTH AFRICANS

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-14 22:05

      oI ... ANYBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO VOICE THEIR OPINION ABOUT sOUTH aFRICA, especially THOSE THAT LIVED THERE. iT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RUNNING AWAY. Oops - sorry about that (CAPS LOCK) What I have found is that those that talk about people running away would give up certain body parts to be able to get out of SA on a permanent basis OR to have that option (EU or USA passport) So, don't let sour grapes get the better of you.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-08 09:39

    Good going, my friend. You deserve a medal.

  • tednhet - 2012-10-08 09:39

    Thumbs up to you guys

  • Ratfink66 - 2012-10-08 09:43


  • dostomolefe - 2012-10-08 09:46

    They shud rot in jail

  • frank.crane.180 - 2012-10-08 09:48

    Good shooting

  • onlinebaas - 2012-10-08 09:48

    That is how you stop crime. Thank you Jaco and Darron!

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-10-08 09:51

    10 bottles of Bells for this guy!! At least some good news on a Monday!

  • rknevhulaudzi - 2012-10-08 09:52

    Great Security work, we need more Jaco in South Africa. I am disgusted by criminals...

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-10-08 09:53

    WELL DONE TO BOTH GUYS! TRUE HEROES! It's time we take S.A back from the criminals!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 09:54

    Excellent news. Well done - eliminate the vermin.

  • marlizette.kock - 2012-10-08 09:57

    It would help if the article mentioned WHERE in Centurion this took place!

  • dave.kofang - 2012-10-08 09:59

    Du toit is my hero.Kill da bastards.

  • dave.kofang - 2012-10-08 09:59

    Du toit is my hero.Kill da bastards.

  • - 2012-10-08 10:04

    The problem is that when people are faced with unreasonable situations, they behave in a like manner. Also knowing that the police may well fluff the investigations also makes people want to take the law into their own hands. A brave act such as this should be recognised and leniency shown if things get ugly. Personally, I believe it's a big hats off to the boys for putting their lives on the line. Thank you.

  • kwenam - 2012-10-08 10:05

    Well done my man, free drinks from me if you are interested

  • kwenam - 2012-10-08 10:05

    Well done my man, free drinks from me if you are interested

  • juan.botes.75 - 2012-10-08 10:06

    Jy bedoel as jy gaan,gaan jy groot.Thanx buta

  • manamela.moshe - 2012-10-08 10:07


  • manamela.moshe - 2012-10-08 10:08

    Gud boys

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-10-08 10:13

    Get these okes deserve some presidential award... and a bells off-course!

  • debbie.bolton.127 - 2012-10-08 10:13

    We need more men like du toit on the streets.. U go man.. Kill the bastards

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-10-08 10:14

    Well done,you deserve a call up to the SAPS Flying Squad Unit guys.

  • Michael - 2012-10-08 10:17

    Give him a bells!!!!

  • roy.burdett.7 - 2012-10-08 10:19

    “It looked like The Matrix, with the robbers flying through the air.” Pity they were still in the vehicle...

  • justinchuckieharrison - 2012-10-08 10:20

    Shoo them in the balls next time.

  • guy.snelling.3 - 2012-10-08 10:21

    This is why I'm with Monitornet - committment. Well done guys.

  • colin.hayward.10 - 2012-10-08 10:23

    i hope this is a sign of things to come. well done boys.

  • lisableeker1 - 2012-10-08 10:25


  • debbie.bolton.127 - 2012-10-08 10:27

    He should be put in zumas position

  • mehluleli.majajini - 2012-10-08 10:29

    We need more guys like you Jaco. Well done

  • dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-08 10:32

    give those men a bells

  • andre.fourie.980 - 2012-10-08 10:37

    Give that man a Bells!!!

  • Morgoth - 2012-10-08 10:38

    He remembered that there is no Spoon! :-)

  • nicholas.a.groves - 2012-10-08 10:42

    Only one drawback - Its takes a security gaurd to do a policeman's job. As for the legal wrangle.....its clear he didnt start off wirh the intention of shooting them,merely to get them to stop,so he could facilitate a citizen's arrest. Thew drew weapons, and began to fire - he returned fire. Subsequentlt winning the shootout. This man deserves 2 days paid leave to enjoy a bottle of Bells to himself....! Further to this, there are anti-SA comments below that piss me off - Im English by birth...from 2010 to 2011 there were 30 700 incidents of knife crime in the UK REPORTED alone, of which, 30% were 10yr old to 17yr olds (KIDS). Nice, safe place to bring Ur kids up in, considering that its much smaller than here. Yes, wehave problems, but jumping on a plane, and running away is not helping, and then resorting to pick on this country as if to justify your emmigration is not on. As bad as what we may all think the Govmnt is, we are not in the deep stuff as are our western buddies' financial situations are.

  • annerie.m.coetzee - 2012-10-08 10:55

    Bells Hour!!!! Let us use our 9mm!!!!!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-08 11:19

    Maybe Monitor Net should start training the police about what the police is suppose to be doing instead sitting on their behinds and getting fat. @ alastair I see from which point your coming from, but are you the expert to know what happened earlier that evening and why Du Toit and De Lange were in the facinity in the first place?

  • mabeeden - 2012-10-08 11:30

    Brave, brave men!

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-08 12:06

    Instead of doing something really constructive to partake in actual crime prevention the @rseholes are rather locked in debates on name change in PRETORIA Jeeeeeezzzz !!!

  • - 2012-10-08 12:39

    This dude should be our new Police Chief.

  • helen.smuts.77 - 2012-10-08 12:49

    shoot them dead!! Send them to the afterlife - they don't have a place in our society!!!! We need to rid our country of this scourge - I agree buy that man a bells!!!

  • - 2012-10-08 13:11

    those robbers robbed a garage of R46000 in chash and assaulted some of the stuff ,cellphones were confisticated by this robbers.the cashier pressed a panic and Jaco was there withing munites.he tried to stop them but they refused instead they opt to shot at him .it was out self defence and money was recovered .the suspects are link to a number of various crimes`this is very serious.