The driver of a Toyota Tazz is being hailed as a hero by social media users after she pursued a robber who stole her handbag and hit him with her car on a busy street in the Bluff in Durban South.
CCTV footage of the incident shows two men approaching her vehicle at a boom gate next to a petrol station on Wednesday. They open the driver’s door and snatch her bag.
Their attempt to steal the car is foiled when another motorist tries to run them over, resulting in the two men fleeing. One jumps into a waiting car while the other cuts across the petrol station forecourt and heads for the road.
The mugged driver, however, immediately drives after the fleeing suspect.
He runs across a centre island and the car hits him. He flies into the air and lands a few metres away.
The Tazz, which leaves the ground for a second as it hits the island, lands safely on the road.
The incident occurred in full view of police who were at the petrol station.
Social media users said they will “defend the woman at all costs” if she is charged for knocking down the man.
“Very brave — the hard reality is she may end up in jail, especially with this footage going around. The law in South Africa protects the criminal more than it does an aggrieved victim and is part of the reason we have spiralling crime. This will be a good test of our system,” said Ebrahim Ali.
“This video should be shown at all driving schools on how to deal with [robbers],” said Viresh Singh.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lt-Col Nqobile Gwala said the handbag was recovered. “Brighton Beach police are investigating a robbery case after an incident where a 43-year-old woman was robbed by two suspects,” she said.
“The complainant alleged she was driving her vehicle going out of the mall when two suspects opened the door, grabbed her handbag and ran away. She drove the vehicle and allegedly knocked the suspect who was in possession of her handbag.”
The 28-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene and was expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Cellphone snatcher chased and knocked off by a Toyota Tazz driver after being robbed off her cellphone.. pic.twitter.com/I2UfAaQHsy
— Rodney (@JustAPunter_ZA) September 28, 2023