Busi­ness­man risks life to save woman be­ing robbed


A PHOENIX busi­ness­man who risked his life to help a woman who was at­tacked out­side his mo­tor spares shop said he would do it again if it meant sav­ing a life.

Im­ran Hus­sain, a 32-year-old fa­ther of two, had his shin rup­tured when he was shot in the leg after he ran to the as­sis­tance of a woman who was be­ing pis­tol whipped for her hand­bag by four men on the cor­ner of High­stone Place and Fern­ham Drive on Fri­day morn­ing.

He did not think twice about help­ing her when he heard her screams out­side his Whet­stone busi­ness.

“Her head was bleed­ing. All I wanted was to get the men away from her. She was alone and the first thought that came to my mind was “this could have eas­ily been my wife or mother’.”

As soon as the sus­pects saw him, they opened fire and hit him in the leg.

“I re­alised that I was hurt and I fell on my stom­ach. I grabbed my firearm and re­tal­i­ated.”

Hus­sain said the sus­pects fled and the in­jured woman ran into a nearby shop.

Ac­cord­ing to Phoenix se­cu­rity com­pany KZN VIP, one of the sus­pects was also shot in the gun bat­tle.

“The other rob­bers then bun­dled the in­jured sus­pect into a wait­ing car and took him to a clinic. A brave res­i­dent fol­lowed the sus­pects, handed over the in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice who later ar­rested them,” said KZN VIP di­rec­tor Glen Naidoo.

He praised Hus­sain for his heroic ef­forts and thanked him for risk­ing his life to save an­other’s.

Hus­sain’s shin was shat­tered dur­ing the shoot­ing and four steel pins had to be in­serted into his leg.

He has now been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal but is said to be in a lot of pain.

Hus­sain said many peo­ple stood by and just watched as the woman was at­tacked.

“By us be­ing di­vided we have lost too many lives… we need to unite, to stand to­gether against crime.”

The in­jured woman is said to have vis­ited Hus­sain’s shop with her hus­band to thank him for help­ing her.

Many oth­ers took to Face­book to hail Hus­sain’s heroic ef­forts.

Rabia Sny­man posted: “You are a true Sa­mar­i­tan, thank you for think­ing of some­one else. May you be blessed, I wish there were more peo­ple out there like you then we would have less crime. A speedy re­cov­ery once again. God bless you.”

Pat Low­ton added: “Thank God for such brave peo­ple. He didn’t think twice about help­ing a per­son in dan­ger. Not many of his cal­i­bre is around. Wish you a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Rain­dree Ap­pal­sami said: “Not many peo­ple will do that. He is a true hero. God bless him.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

PHOENIX busi­ness­man Im­ran Hus­sain was shot in the leg while try­ing to save a woman from armed rob­bers.

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