- Social media users praised a young man, 21, who tackled a thief in a mall
- The thief grabbed an elderly lady's handbag and tried to escape when Marco Coetzer tackled him to the ground
- Because of his bravery, security could arrest the thug
So many videos and stories of crime go viral and in most cases it is sad to see people just standing by, ignoring those in need.
However, not everyone is afraid to help and one young man decided to act when a thief stole a gogo's handbag.
According to Positive Relationships SA, Marco Coetzer tackled a thief after he grabbed an elderly lady's handbag.
Briefly.co.za learned the incident took place at around 11:30am on Wednesday at Mooirivier Mall in Potchefstroom.
The thief grabbed the lady's handbag in Checkers before attempting to run away, but the 21-year-old tackled him and pinned him to the ground. Because of his heroic actions, security could arrest the thug.
South Africans were quick to hail Coetzer a hero and they praised him for his heroic actions.
Thapelo Mali commented: "Lesson to all citizens, don't just stand there and watch, act fast and decisively. Big up there to the young man."
Nkulie Teise added: "The spirit of Ubuntu. All citizens must start taking action to stop crime. May God cover you Marco Coertzer with the precious blood of Jesus."
Rosien Keyser wrote: "THANKYOU and WELL DONE, a very brave young gentleman that was brought up to do the right thing and not turn a blind eye to evil."
Charmaine Strauss said: "You did a very brave and selfless deed.....today most people don't want to get involved and one can't blame them, you could very well loose your life in the process. Know that their are legions of angels that surround you. Your folks must be so proud of you."
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