Illegal immigrant caught on camera by Pretoria North police officer

Photo: Rene Roux Pretoria North police officer Stoffel Holtzhausen arrested an illegal immigrant who was trying to escape from police.

Tshegofatso Ngobeni

An illegal immigrant trying to evade the law failed to notice a video camera training in on him.

The man, aged between 25 and 35, was caught on camera and arrested by Pretoria North police officer Stoffel Holtzhausen in Pretoria North recently.

The warrant officer said the man was nabbed during a police blitz during which they checked the validity of foreign nationals’ documentation.

“We do these operations regularly checking people who stand along the sides of the road, many of them are foreigners.

“Normally when a police vehicle stops to check if their paper work, they start running,” Holtzhausen said.

When the incident happened, Holtzhausen, who was on foot, asked his colleagues to drive towards and stop the man.

“As soon as they stopped, the man ran towards me.

“I confronted him and still he wanted to get away and that’s when I took him down and arrested him,” he said.

The Zimbabwean was not in possession of a passport or work permit.

His finger prints were taken on the ICD device and had no other cases against him.

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“He had told us he was living in South Africa and that is why we arrested him because he was an illegal immigrant,” Holtzhausen explained.

He added that approximately ten illegal immigrants were arrested during the operation in First Avenue and Willem Cruywagen streets in Nina Park, Pretoria North.

Holtzhausen, who was a sergeant at the time, said he could use the footage to improve his skills.

“Most of the videos I can use afterwards, to see what I can do better or differently for my safety and the suspect’s.

“It is a very effective learning tool and I like to use it in that sense,” he concluded.

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