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WATCH: Brave motorcyclist foils smash-and-grab attempt in Johannesburg

11 September, 11:41 AM

Nokuthula Manyathi, News24

Anton Damhuis doesn't consider himself a hero even though he put his own life in danger to foil a smash and grab attempt on Monday. 

"I would do it again if I was put in the situation," he told News24.

The 48-year-old was making his way home from work, when his usual commute through Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, was interrupted.

From the corner of his eye he saw a man in a reflective vest on foot weaving through the traffic. 

"At first I thought the man [in the reflective vest] was trying to get a lift with a car in front of me."

But when a tug-of-war ensued between the man in the reflective vest and the driver of the vehicle in front of him, Damhuis realised something was amiss.

The man was trying to steal a laptop that was on the passenger seat. 

"I decided to intervene by pinning the man [in the reflective vest] down with my motorbike."

When the assailant tried to escape, Damhuis chased him down. 

The pursuit continued until the would-be thief dropped the laptop and ran away. 

"I just think it's wrong that people get away with this type of stuff."

Damhuis didn't sustain any injuries, however, the stop light and indicator of his motorbike were damaged. 

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