Unemployed 'hero' saves the day

2012-06-14 11:13

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”.


  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-06-14 11:18

    This man should be a cop, the police should offer him a job

      NrGx - 2012-06-14 11:22

      forget being a cop, the new police chief! he is now more qualified than the last 2 put together

      eil33nn - 2012-06-14 11:29

      I feel happy knowing that people like Sipho are still out there! Well Done! A real example for all of us.

      pjcbs - 2012-06-14 11:29

      I agree, give that man a Bell's, and a job

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-14 11:36

      Hell, make him minister of police!

      Dave - 2012-06-14 11:45

      I agree with vrensburg - offer the oke a junior position at the police & let him work his way up. There are enough corrupt cops in the force & honest people like Sipho could make a real difference.

      procold2 - 2012-06-14 11:52

      good job, hope somone rewards you with a job.

      Klippies - 2012-06-14 12:09

      Wow! Wow! Wow! This is the best piece of news on News24 since Malema got axed!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-14 12:41

      Top Cop In charge, he can think for himself

      Darren - 2012-06-14 12:42

      Sipho Sebela deserves to be in the next AVENGERS!

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-06-14 11:18

    Make him police Minister, sounds like a great guy, well done!

      Felix - 2012-06-14 11:43

      The online community should start a similar project to the guy who's bike got burned, but this time to send him to SAPS training college.

  • Gareth - 2012-06-14 11:19

    Good news for a change.......

  • merushan - 2012-06-14 11:20

    Give him a job at saps

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-14 11:36

      Make him captain

  • Jared - 2012-06-14 11:22

    Nice! I applaud this man's actions!

  • Bomb - 2012-06-14 11:23

    Someone offer this guy a job please, his actions says it all.

  • gary.hope1 - 2012-06-14 11:23

    Well done Sipho, we need some of your calibre in SAPS, great that they gave him a reward, i like! For a moment it felt like i was living in a normal rational country, albeit briefly!

  • Mary - 2012-06-14 11:24

    WoW we need more South Africans like this who wont just stand on the side and watch.

      claire.bruwer - 2012-06-14 13:15

      Unfortunately the law states that a bystander, or someone not being attacked, may not assist and will probably be charged with something ridiculous like attempted murder if they do. In other words, lawfully you may not aid a child while physical abuse is occuring or aid a person who is being raped in front of you. Sick isn't it? Also, if you need to defend yourself you may lawfully only use the same or lesser "weapon" as the attacker - if the attacker has a 9 inch knife you may not use a 10 inch knife. The criminals in this country have human rights, not the taxpayer, and the criminals are literally running the country.

      Tony - 2012-06-14 21:00

      Claire, most of your statements are incorrect.

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-06-14 11:31

    Send this guy to cop school and give him a job

      Ingwani - 2012-06-14 11:44

      What if it's not the career he wants?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-14 11:51

      Ingwani , he is unemployed as we speak and therefore does not only want a job but needs one . He has displayed good qualities for a law enforcement officer hence the suggestion to afford him further training in the field

      Ingwani - 2012-06-14 12:57

      @Mgayi You are wrong,why don't they ask what the kid wants?That's the problem in SA,we hire irrelevant people.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-14 13:08

      Ingwani ,let's say they (police) ask him what he wants to be and he says he wants to be a mango farmer . .how then do you suggest that the police assist him ? Btw , at 23 he ain't a kid anymore

      Ingwani - 2012-06-14 13:34

      Ok Mgayi -As you said he's not young,and I don't think he can say mango etc.My concern is that we take people and place them in the wrong positions.Thanks anyway you can call me "The kung fu kid",I'm the kung fu kid.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-14 13:53

      The Kung Fu kid , sharp zinto

  • - 2012-06-14 11:31

    Clearly he as the right attitude, why not offer him a job in the SAPS? We need more people like this!!!

  • Mark - 2012-06-14 11:31

    yerr, look at how ths country has turned up to be? We even thank people who did ordinary work, Why? because it is rare to see people taking initiative in things, or offering help to other people. This fellow did well, but not to deserve such praises. It is our responsibility as south africans to protect our nation. people would praise me if I help a white lady and say I am not a racist. That was not supposed to happen in the first place.I hope we can work together to give a boot people who are wasting our tax money.

      Ashmolsan3 - 2012-06-14 11:48

      Hand cuffing criminals is a good job and he deserves praises for it

      Danz666 - 2012-06-14 11:51

      mark, i think u shud mark urself wrong!!!!get real man,earth is not heaven.this guy deserves a praise!

      ReaperAJ - 2012-06-14 13:30

      anyone who commits an act of heroism is worthy of praise and thanks from all his fellow citizens. I understand what you are getting at, but we need to reaffirm that said person did a good thing to keep spirit up and make people want to do it again. Nothing beats the "feel good" experience of seeing others appreciate what you did. For somebody to put their own life in danger to guard criminals is not ordinary work and deserves our thanks. And this racial issue really needs to be dropped by all of us. We are all frustrated and feeling angry at the system and each other, but we are fast losing sight of the real problems by rather hiding behind racial tensions. If we help someone, their skin colour shouldn't even be in our thoughts. You help people for the love of humankind, so yes, I understand what you are saying, however, I would hope the focus would be on what you did for the "white lady" rather than the fact that you are not racist.

      dylanswanie - 2012-06-14 15:36

      He stopped murderers from escaping. He took a risk that could very well cost him his life, it is not his responsibility to catch criminals or stop them from escaping but he did anyway. What did you do for your beloved country today?

  • eds.dinerparkview - 2012-06-14 11:35

    I like his quick thinking....Give him a Job!!

  • Danz666 - 2012-06-14 11:37

    give this man bells...

  • denrick.moos - 2012-06-14 11:41

    Feel good story! Just what i need!

  • netshiendeulu.tshivhidzo - 2012-06-14 11:43

    good job young man

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  • Jameel - 2012-06-14 11:45

    Employ him

  • stevemoss4 - 2012-06-14 11:46

    and while he waits for his job offer, GIVE THAT MAN A BELLS :) great work Sipho

  • samuel.weller - 2012-06-14 11:58

    yip bugger the bells give him a job

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-14 12:00

    Give that man a Bells!!

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  • leslie.rabie - 2012-06-14 12:04

    Well done!

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-14 12:04

    'some1 has saved the day,hs a hero' thse ar types of stories we want nt ths rapes

  • Hadebe - 2012-06-14 12:07

    M out now hunting for overturned cop backies, R4000, per overturner, lets say i manage to locate 4 per month, tjo! I wil be set mos, no tax no nothing just a cool R16 000. Who needs employment? N dont think it will be difficult to find overtuned cop cars, the way they are driving...

  • Klippies - 2012-06-14 12:08

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is the best piece of news on News24 since Malema got axed!

  • Remi - 2012-06-14 12:11

    Good on you Sipho!

  • Ashmolsan3 - 2012-06-14 12:11

    If he desires to be a policeman, let him be taken to training as he's already a hero

  • Jared - 2012-06-14 12:11

    Actually, I have an issue with the title. Hero should by no means be in quotation marks. This man was at that moment a hero. The marks give another impression.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-14 12:21

      Agreed. He's a hero in every description of the word

  • Abdul - 2012-06-14 12:12

    Agree he should be assessed and if competent, allowed the opportunity to serve. many of our cops would not do the same......

  • tobydt - 2012-06-14 12:14

    What a champ! My hero of the day.

  • jerome.roman1 - 2012-06-14 12:15

    Well done Sipho we need more heros. Ps we need a new police commissioner you the tipe of person we need. #justsaying

      simah.raseroka - 2012-06-14 12:37

      Yes he can be our new police

  • lmapheto - 2012-06-14 12:16

    Mr. Sebela Modimo a go dire ka go loka o humane e kgntsha ka wena Tau

      Nyiks11 - 2012-06-14 13:38

      alilililililililililililiiiiii goaaa goaaa

  • janine.brown.18 - 2012-06-14 12:17

    really nice story. Just shows there are people who really care and do more good than harm.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-14 12:18

    Well done!!!! Good Man!!!!!

  • DayanGovender - 2012-06-14 12:24

    Beautiful, police need to hire him - lets get him into the program - he sets a brilliant example of our police system should be like!

      Chris - 2012-06-14 13:10

      May be in search and rescue in the fire dept , shows he has guts and drive

  • loyola.alam - 2012-06-14 12:25

    I think a job offer would've been a better reward than R4000 #I'm just saying.

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-06-14 12:29

    Murderers in the back of the police van with no cuffs now that's clever

  • twentyfivemay.afrika - 2012-06-14 12:30

    Why not make him the new police commissioner

      oceanmaosh.mphahlele - 2012-06-14 13:00

      Hahahaha @least de wud be a relavant exprience

  • Matthew - 2012-06-14 12:30

    Good on you boet! we need more people with this kind of mentality!

  • UncleShep - 2012-06-14 12:31

    ooooh what a giantsize, complete, total genius....They don make them like you nomore fella!!!

  • tdshezi - 2012-06-14 12:34

    Wow! What super hero! The SAPS need people like him! Job offer???

  • Denton - 2012-06-14 12:39

    R4000.00 reward.. I hope this is a deposit of something better. The man risked his life to save others. Just shows life in SA does not have much value.

  • mrp721 - 2012-06-14 12:42

    R4000-00 whoopi doo, why don't they offer to put him through training and offer him employment???

  • mzukisi.sinxoshe - 2012-06-14 12:42

    Sipho you're a super hero not super zero like Beki Cele just saying

  • Johan - 2012-06-14 12:42

    So there are still good guys in this country. He should indeed be offered employment. By anyone...

  • Jimmy Zibarras - 2012-06-14 12:45

    But why were the two alleged murderers not cuffed in the first place?

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-06-14 12:56

      Good question!

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-14 13:16

      Very good question.

      Kenny - 2012-06-14 14:11

      Probably Health and Safety issues! I would of cuffed them around theyre necks and crash the car by accident! Sipho well done, you are a great example to South Africa!

  • lynn.v.stephenson - 2012-06-14 12:46

    I agree he should be given a job as a police man, well done Sipho us South Africans are proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michelle - 2012-06-14 12:46

    What a heartwarming story - there are still some good people with morals and ethics around. SAPS should give Sipho a job!

      Randell Daniels - 2012-06-14 12:49

      @ Michelle. Absolute Hero. I agree.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-06-14 12:55

      Could not agree more...need more of his ilk in this country and even more in the poice force!

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-06-14 12:49

    R4000 and a Bells?