Leo Prinsloo fights off armed crime syndicate. Photo private
Video clip shows how South African hero fights off armed attack
A film clip from South Africa shows how a former task force member heroically fights his way through an armed robbery on a motorway in the South African capital Pretoria. Despite the fact that the vehicle is hit by bullets a large number of times, the man, Leo Prinsloo, 48, does not lose his cool but rams the robbers' cars several times before he, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, chases them on foot.
A South African security officer was driving a cash-in-transit vehicle when he and his colleague were attacked by armed robbers who hit their vehicle with about thirty bullets in an attempt to kill them and steal their cargo. But the man who was driving, the former task force Leo Prinsloo, 48, acted with unparalleled calm when hit and rammed by attackers before he gets out of the vehicle, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and chases them. The whole event, which could have been part of a film script, was also captured on film and shows the man’s heroism.
The incident took place at 10:25 in the morning on 22 April along the N4 motorway in the South African capital Pretoria. Leo Prinsloo then drove with a colleague, the newly hired Lloyd Mtombeni, in an armoured and bulletproof Toyota Land Cruiser. The vehicle was used as unmarked transport when attacked by two cars full of armed robbers while reportedly transporting a multi-million rand cache of smartphones.
Inside the cabin of the unmarked transport vehicle, marked with bullets. Photo private.
Several bullets slammed into the vehicle and from the inside, the incident was captured by a dashcam as one of the robbers’ cars drove closer during continued firing, which was fortunately stopped by bulletproof glass. Despite the sudden firing, Prinsloo remains surprisingly calm and commands his colleague to cock his semi-automatic rifle while he drives on and tries to escape from the robbers. From the other side of the road, the other car with robbers comes up and opens fire on them and tries to push them off the road, but Prinsloo does not let them succeed but instead slams into the robbers and drives on. After several minutes, Prinsloo however stops the car, grabs a weapon and gets out to meet his attackers.
The choice to go out to meet the robbers may seem foolhardy, but Prinsloo is a trained sniper with long experience of fighting in urban environments. He was a member of the infamous South African Police Special Task Force (STF) for 12 years until 2004, which handles everything from hostage situations to terrorist groups. He then founded a training academy that specializes in teaching advanced shooting and combat tactics to both police and military. He also works part-time as a security guard at a private security company in the violent South Africa, where men with the knowledge and experience Prinsloo has accumulated are highly valued.
Leo Prinsloo. Photo private
Leo Prinsloo himself did not have much to say about the incident: “I can not say much because it is an ongoing investigation but me and my guard colleague did what was expected of us. They needed to kill us in order to hijack the transport. But there was no chance that I would let it happen and unfortunately I did not get the opportunity to answer the firing,” said Prinsloo.
In an interview with local outlet ENCA he said he “pre-visualized what to do” in a situation like this, because he had always expected it to happen. According to Prinsloo, he only became aware that the robbers were chasing them when the first gunshots went off. Thereafter, his instincts – and training – simply kicked in, he said.
An unedited, forward-facing clip of the attack on Leo and Lloyd. It starts with the suspect’s bakkie passing them to target the cargo van. @eNCApic.twitter.com/1mMNXFITr5
Pictures from the place where he stopped to meet the attackers show that it happened in a residential area and it is therefore likely that he chose restraint so as not to risk that innocent bystanders could be injured, something that trained men are forced to take into account even under dangerous conditions like this.
“No arrests have been made yet,” said police spokesman Vish Naidoo in a statement from the South African police about the incident, according to ENCA.
Prinsloo and his family have since been placed under protective guard after they received death threats. His employer, Deon Coetzee of Fortis Pro-active Defence Solutions, told News24: “Because of whoever is behind the organised crime, [Prinsloo] has received death threats on his life, so we are just taking it seriously.”
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
KabulIn the cockpit of one of the four Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft that the Taliban now have in their new air force, the victor looked particularly pleased. Why were these planes not flown out before they fell into the hands of the Taliban? Photos of the evacuation show how cables have been cut off and instrumentation partially broken, indicating that they were forced to abandon them at very short notice.
TeneneriveBeing an African leader in a Covid pandemic has been perilous since they die “seven times above estimates of the world’s average for a demographic profile of similar sex and age average for the same period,” according to a British study.
JohannesburgDuring the week of 11 to 17 July 2021, South African experienced devastating riots, looting and violence during which more than 200 people lost their lives and R100 billion (about €6 billion) of damage was done to businesses and general infrastructure.
The leaders of three different countries died after having stopped the distribution of the experimental Covid-19 jabs. All three countries took the decision to distribute the vaccines to their citizens only after their leaders passed away.
Richards BayThe South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, claims to have "discovered" thousands of rounds of ammunition just lying in the street. This unlikely scenario of abandoned ammunition amidst the ongoing plundering of the country, is designed to justify the upcoming Firearm Amendment Bill which will end citizen's right to self defense.
DurbanDurban is the third most populous city in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town and the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Zulus, the largest black tribe in the country, form the largest single ethnic group in the city too. FreeWestMedia has received reports of residents in areas hardest hit by ongoing riots, abandoning their homes. What may have started as a political protest has descended into anarchy.
JohannesburgEconomic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has incited his followers to continue the violence and looting should the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) be deployed in support of the police. Even as President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke in a televised address to the nation on Monday, illegally armed, violent marauding mobs were challenging law enforcement.
Our future will be African. By 2100, one in three people on the planet will be African according to all demographic forecasts. Relative to other continents, this growth in Africa is unprecedented in human history.
PretoriaHowever one looks at it, the country has lost its way: the South African police are not in a position to handle crime effectively, declared the ANC’s own chair of the parliamentary portfolio committee on police Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson in November 2020. For four years in a row, the police service could only garner a qualified audit because the department did not fulfil the requirements set out for a clean audit. Reasons such as unauthorised spending and the poor quality of the department’s financial affairs were given for this failure.
PretoriaEmmanuel Macron concluded his two-day visit, to Rwanda and then to South Africa, on a very political note. Praising, in a speech to the French community in South Africa, the “partnership” that he wants to forge with the countries of the continent, the president said he aimed to “change views and minds” on France's relationship with Africa. For France the message was also very clear: Macron declared that "France has no fixed identity".