When Mohammed Iqbal Kasker last week got stuck on the busy Koeberg Interchange on his way to mosque, he was not expecting a student metro police officer to go above and beyond to help him out.
Kasker's story of how metro police cadet Peter Terblanche came to his rescue had by Tuesday afternoon garnered 15 000 likes, 5 000 shares and over 3 000 comments.
In his post, he tells of how he ran out of petrol resulting in his car stalling in the right lane of a very busy interchange. Minutes later, a man on a motorbike pulled up and helped him to push his car to the shoulder of the road.
Terblanche, 24, is still in training and starts his dream job in June.
Kasker wrote that he had asked Terblanche if he would buy him some petrol. But, after pulling out his wallet, he was hit with more bad luck.
“I was already embarrassed that I was stuck without petrol and now I didn't have any cash. I just had this good feeling about this officer. I even offered to give him my card to get petrol. All he said was 'uncle, don't worry. I will sort it out for you'.”
Terblanche not only returned with a five litre can of petrol, but had also bought Kasker a cold drink and then politely refused when the thankful motorist wanted to repay him.
Kasker said he felt compelled to post his story on social media as the experience had left him in good spirits and with a better perception of officers of the law.
“Every single thing we read about these days is negative, from child murders to rape. I just really needed to thank this person for doing this wonderful thing.
“When you look at Facebook, you see these guys bribing someone, being rude and here is something positive.”
Terblanche told News24 he had not thought twice about stopping to help a motorist in need.
“I joined the metro police due to my dad being in the force and ever since I was little I wanted to join the force,” he said.
“I didn’t do it to get anything out of it. I did it because this is what I’ve been taught to do.”
Not the first time
Terblanche is passionate about making a difference, with his instructors informing News24 that it was not the first time he came to the aid of people in need without being asked or ordered.
Last year, Terblanche and a fellow cadet helped evacuate a family from a burning house. They were near their training college in Observatory when they noticed smoke in the area.
His bosses are taking note.Metro police chief Wayne Le Roux said Terblanche epitomises the values a metro police officer should have.
“Being an officer is a calling... this type of positive stories really boosts the image of the metro police and the city. I spoke to them a few months ago and told them they need to be ambassadors,” said Le Roux.
”We can be proud because it’s all about a return of investment at the end of the day.”
Terblanche will receive a commendation from the City during a mid-year award ceremony.