- Abongile and Ridwaan chased down a mugger and arrested him
- The mugger had snatched a R10,000 necklace from a tourist
- The officers recovered the necklace
Two Cape Town city officers have been recognised for bravely chasing down a mugger who had targeted a tourist.
Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) public safety officer, Abongile Mavela, and his law enforcement colleague, Ridwaan Nero, said they were just glad to help the tourist.
Briefly.co.za learned that the brazen mugger snatched a gold necklace worth R10,000 from the lady's neck in March. The incident happened in the CBD.
The two officers found the lady lying on the ground and chased down the mugger. They recovered the 18-carat necklace and returned it to the owner.
Speaking to Times Live, Ridwaan said:
It was definitely a team effort and is because of the long relationship established over the years between us as law enforcement and the CCID’s Public Safety officers. We work well together and a have a passion for what we do.
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For his part, Abongile said:
My uniform says public safety and I see myself as an ambassador. I’m here to help in whatever way I can to make sure the public are safe in the CBD. While I’m happy to be recognised‚ I’m just glad we were able to help the lady. It’s never good to see someone crying.
Cape Town Tourism awarded the two officers for their bravery and courage.
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