Mixed emotions as content creator captured viral video of Klerksdorp man fighting off criminals

The man was captured fighting back against four men who are trying to rob him or hijack his car in Klerksdorp on Wednesday morning.

Thato Ledimo from Klerksdorp, who on Wednesday recorded a video of a guy using a knife to fend off four men who allegedly tried to rob him or hijack his car, said, “A part of me regrets shooting the video, but I’m also delighted I did take it.”

“I made the movie to raise awareness about the criminality that occurs in Klerksdorp. People have the misconception that Klerksdorp is a wonderful little town with no crime, superior to all other places, she remarked.

According to Ledimo, the incident occurred at about 9.19am opposite the home affairs offices in the Klerksdorp CBD.

Ledimo has been criticised by some people on social media for taking the video instead of assisting the man fighting back against criminals.

“I don’t feel bad for not assisting. I’m a woman and also feared for my own safety. There were hundreds more people who also stood and watched him as he was fighting to protect his possessions,” Ledimo told TimesLIVE.

Her biggest regret is the threats she is now receiving on social media since sharing the video.

“I fear for my life and that of my family. I’m receiving threats on Messenger. People are telling me where I live, where my husband works and that they know everything about me,” she said.

“This has left me shaken.”

She has shared some of the threats she has received with Panafric Reporters.

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In one of the texts written in Setswana, the writer tells her that they know where her husband works, and she should tell him to stop parking his vehicle outside his workplace. In another text (also written in Setswana), the texter says they have noticed that she is now an investigating officer and they will deal with her.

On a positive note, she said she’s happy to see the local police frequently doing patrols in the area where the incident occurred.

“That place is a known crime hotspot. You don’t walk with your phone in your hand at all. This was the reason I took the video, to create awareness.”

North West police spokesperson Col Adele Myburgh said they were aware of the incident and would issue a statement soon.

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