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Metro Police officers go beyond call of duty
​Team members Constable Manqoba Phewa (left) and
Constable Mandla Mthethwa (right) have been praised
for going beyond the call of duty to nab a suspected
robber. Constable Mthethwa chased the suspect on foot
for over a kilometre. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE
THE efforts of two hardworking and fit Metro Police officers who worked as a team, one on foot and the other following in the Metro Police van to nab a fleeing robber, have been praised.

They later learnt that the suspect was wanted by the South African Police Service (SAPS) for a host of other crimes. Crew members, Constable Manqoba Phewa and Constable Mandla Mthethwa were returning to the Boscombe Joint Operations Centre on 6 December when they were alerted to a robbery in the vicinity of Palmer and Gillespie streets. A man had been robbed of his cellphone and wallet and had been bitten by a suspect during the scuffle. Constable Phewa said a known car guard in the area who had recovered the stolen cellphone pointed them in the direction the men had run.

That is when the chase ensued for over one kilometre. Constable Mthethwa jumped out of the van and followed on foot with Constable Phewa following in the van. Unfortunately two of the suspects got away. “After gaining ground on the suspect, Constable Phewa pulled up in front of him with the Metro Police van, cutting him off. “As we were loading the suspect into the van he showed us where he had thrown the wallet in an effort to bribe us but that didn’t work. We took him to the Point Police Station and were surprised to see his face on the wall as one of their wanted criminals.

He had cases against him in 2015 and 2016,” said Constable Mthethwa. Constable Phewa said he joined the force six years to protect and serve. Captain Isabel Moolman praised their efforts and encouraged other Metro Police officers to follow suit and go above and beyond the call of duty.

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