'He will always be our hero': Off-duty cop praised for saving hijacking victim's life

'He will always be our hero': Off-duty cop praised for saving hijacking victim's life

- Captain Maqabe was off duty when he saw a victim of hijacking on the N12 highway

- He stopped his car and took the victim, who was bleeding, to hospital

- The victim's wife has called him a hero for saving her husband's life

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A policeman has been hailed as a hero for saving the life of a victim of hijacking while he was off duty.

The South African Police Service shared the encouraging story on its Facebook page recently, Briefly.co.za gathered.

The off-duty policeman, Captain Maqabe, was driving along the N12 with his family when he encountered the victim, who had been stabbed and was bleeding.

The victim's wife later narrated how nobody had stopped to help her husband until Captain Maqabe did. She said:

Captain Maqabe took my husband to Life Healthcare Parklands in Springs. Today, my husband is alive - not because the stab wound was not severe, or his other injuries were not serious, but because Captain Maqabe reacted swiftly and saved his life - literally!

The dedicated cop also took details of the hijacked car so that efforts to recover it could begin. He did all this late in the evening, at around 9pm.

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Incredibly, the car was recovered on the same night in Delmas and police arrested four suspects. The victim's wife was full of appreciation for Captain Maqabe's kindness and dedication:

My husband is only alive because of his heroic act, and I cannot thank him enough! He is a true policeman, who did the SAPS proud. You can truly be proud of him.
He will always be my, my husband and my children's hero! My two boys still have their father, I still have a husband and his parents still have their child - all because of ONE person’s selflessness and bravery.

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The amazing story went viral, garnering over 15,000 likes, 8,000 shares, and 3,500 comments. See some reactions below.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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