- A viral video shows a well-executed police operation along the N1 highway
- A cop is seen retrieving a suspect from the bushes and arresting him
- After the suspect is subdued, he calmly gets on a helicopter and flies away
A South African Police Service officer has been hailed a hero after arresting a robbery suspect along the busy N1 highway in Edenvale, Johannesburg, recently.
A Facebook user, Alvin Govender, captured the well-executed operation on camera and shared the videos online, Briefly.co.za gathered. He explained what unfolded:
Driving on N1 from Pretoria to JHB. Helicopter stops us and lands on freeway. Police runs with a firearm into the bushes and returns 3 min later with a suspect. Police arrests suspect and the guy returns to helicopter, waves at us and flies away. Like a movie. Lol. How's that for excellence in service. Well done.
In a comment on his Facebook post, Alvin added:
I received info that this was a special unit within SAPS. This specific incident was armed robbery. Inspiring to witness this.
His post has gone viral, racking up more than 6,500 shares, 1,300 reactions, and 200 comments.
Many commenters praised the SAPS officers for expertly executing the operation. Willem Oosthuizen wrote:
Awesome to see our forces out there with this great display of power and cooperation. Well done SAPS.
However, some were a bit more sceptical and cited the many cash-in-transit heists whose suspects often get away. Sbusiso Enzo said:
What a show off. When heist guys get away with all the crime. Where is the waving helicopter guy and his motorcycle buddy?
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