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SANDTON CRIME AND SAFETY IN BRIEF: Uber driver protects Bryanston passenger during follow-home robbery; 24/7 extinguishes Parkmore house fire (fire engine takes 45 minutes to arrive); and drunk man filmed outside Sandton Police station is actually a policeman
UBER DRIVER PROTECTS BRYANSTON PASSENGER DURING FOLLOW-HOME ROBBERY
An uber driver has been praised for successfully keeping one of his passengers safe during an armed robbery in Bryanston.
According to the couple, they had requested an uber after visiting family members in Craighall Park at 9pm on the Thursday evening. En route home while stopped at a robot on William Nicol, they noticed a vehicle with three men that were looking at them. They saw the vehicle again while stopped at the gate outside their Bryanston home.
The male passenger had already exited the car when the uber driver saw three armed men rushing towards them. He quickly drove off with his female passenger, and requested the help of a security guard who, in turn, called the police.
When they returned to the house, they found that the male passenger had been robbed of his watch, cellphone, wallet and cap at gunpoint.
24/7 EXTINGUISHES PARKMORE HOUSE FIRE (FIRE ENGINE TAKES 45 MINUTES TO ARRIVE)
A Parkmore resident has publicly thanked 24/7 Security for their swift action on Monday 6 August.
According to the homeowner, 24/7 Security quickly responded to their call for help with an electrical fire in his ceiling. They immediately extinguished the fire and waited for the fire engine, which took an alarming 45 minutes to respond.
This is the second report of a fire engine taking a while to respond. However, the previous house fire in Bryanston did not end as well.
DRUNK MAN FILMED OUTSIDE SANDTON POLICE STATION IS ACTUALLY A POLICEMAN
A video of a drunk man outside the Sandton Police Station has gained even more interest following confirmation that the man is a policeman.
According to Gauteng police spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, “It has since been confirmed that the man on the video is a police member who was off-duty and on vacation leave on the day of the incident.”
The Gauteng Police Commissioner is said to have sanctioned an investigation into the matter.