A man shopping for a cool drink at a Cape Town store has been hailed a hero after coming to the aid of a shop owner being held up by a panga-wielding robber.
CCTV footage of the incident showed Werner Pierre Raal calmly pick up a metal rack and deliver a series of blows to the robber, who was eventually overpowered and fled from the Cape Town store.
Raal said, “It’s the shop where I normally buy my Coke [Coca-Cola]. The people always treat you with the utmost respect when you walk into that shop”.
In a video shared on social media, the shop owner sits on a chair behind the counter. A man with a beanie takes out what appears to be a panga from his bag and takes a swing at the shop owner.
The panga-wielding assailant demands money as the owner ducks for cover, pleading for his life, behind the counter. The attacker walks around the corner and again instructs the owner to give him money. The owner begs the attacker to just take the money but not harm the shop owner. The attacker takes a bag and starts emptying the till while the owner lies helplessly on the floor.
After a few seconds, a scuffle breaks out and the owner starts screaming. This is where Raal enters the shop and at first looks confused about the fight behind the counter. Raal walks to the counter, takes an object and starts beating the robber.
The robber manages to evade the attack and flee the scene.
The medical team from Basset Security attended to the shop owner and he was recovering at home.