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Wed Jun 29 20:10:30 SAST 2016

Heroics caught on dash-cam go viral

Jerome Cornelius | 22 January, 2016 00:23

A video of a traffic policeman being shot on a dangerous highway could have had a horrific ending but, instead, it has gone viral.

The footage shows City of Cape Town traffic officer Nizaam Alexander being shot by a pedestrian after he pulled over a car.

It has been viewed more than 140,000 times on YouTube.

The November shooting, which occurred on the N2 highway near Cape Town International Airport, was recorded by Alexander's dashboard camera.

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the video was uploaded to raise awareness about the dangerous highway and also to identify and hopefully catch the attacker, who escaped.

The stretch of highway where Alexander was shot is the same spot where an off-duty policeman was gunned down last year after pulling over with car trouble.

Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant praised Alexander, who, he said, "calmly returned [after being shot] and finished issuing the summons for driving in the yellow line before seeking medical attention.

"His bulletproof vest prevented serious injury and he was back on duty soon after the incident."

Smith said many officers had started using cameras to collect evidence "because road-users lie and misrepresent facts.

"Within the next few months we will be installing the first of R8-million worth of dashboard cameras. All [video] evidence is stored on a hard drive in the vehicle and automatically uploaded to the station."

Patrol vehicles will also be fitted with technology that constantly reads number plates to identify stolen vehicles.

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