- Twitter followers have shared the same sentiments as they praised the Metro Police for winning a fight against cable thieves
- Although the police looked like losing the battle at first, their decision not to shoot at the criminals is what impressed social media users
- Meanwhile, some have urged the South African Police to learn a thing or two from the Metro Police
Members of the Metro Police service have been applauded for their success against criminals who were in possession of stolen cable in a video posted on Twitter by @AdvoBarryRoux.
The video clip that has attracted the interest of social media users, two Metro officers are seen in a video grappling with a group but they eventually managed to win the fight.
With a number of passers-by seen observing the incident on what seems to be a busy road, the law enforcers were not baffled as they focused on the task at hand.
Although one of the group members showed resilience to the police, he was conquered in the end as one officer used what looks like a taser.
In the video, a van belonging to South African police arrived at the scene and that is when the men, also known as Izinyoka in the townships, decided to surrender.
The Twitter community was quick to praise the law enforcement agents especially considering the fact that they did not resort to using live ammunition or rubber bullets.
A video posted by @AdvoBarryRoux carried a mind-boggling caption which left many questioning the incidents that have engulfed the country in recent times. Said the account holder:
“This country is on auto pilot izinyoka disputing to give a stolen cable to the cops.”
@Mthoko84icloud1 was quick to commend the police:
“I applaud the cops the way they handle this..No trigger happy.”
@Maps73590928 responded to praise the men in blue:
“We are laughing its funny, but had the police took out a firearm and shot one of these guys. Would we be laughing? Or we would be bashing the police?”
According to @DitebongoNdho believes there are two sides of the coin:
“If only we were sure that those cops ain't going to sell that cable for themselves.”
@Eds_888 seems to question the power of social media:
“It’s sickening how police are disrespected in this country. Police are basically powerless because of Twitter Wikepedia. If the police were to act tough on these thugs they’d the ones prosecuted and called names here on Twitter. This is really messed up situation.”
@LedwabaRonald's reaction is that of a man who is fully sympathetic to how the police go about their daily business:
“This is pure lawlessness. Policing is One of the most difficult jobs in this country. You react you're wrong, you don't react you're wrong. You can't instil law properly because people are filming every operation and society is forever passing judgment.”
@ThulaniSkosana3 believes SAPS have to grab a lesson or two from the video when it comes to dealing with such situations:
“SAPS obsessed with shooting at protesters then killing innocent people, can learn from those officials dealing with worse what even appears to be criminality, but there's no use of any rubber bullets, instead they used pepper spray and still defused the situation with no one shot.”
In a recent video that also went viral on social media of a fierce battle between cops and members of the community, Briefly.co.za reported that the reason for a fight was alcohol.
A clip of South African police officers going head-to-head with South African citizens was been shared on Twitter by @DainelMarven.
In the clip, the locals appear to be unpacking cases of alcohol that had seemingly been confiscated by police officers and they can be heard shouting that the officers are taking their livelihood.
At one point in the clip, one of the angry local residents and an officer stand face-to-face while the officer commands that the man stop swearing at him.
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