A Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer who was shot in Wynberg during an attempted robbery told Eyewitness News on Thursday he felt lucky to be alive.
Joseph Gonani and his colleague were confronted by two men on Wednesday, who demanded the officers hand over their service pistols.
When Gonani refused he was shot twice before the men fled on foot into the Alexandra township.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Gonani recalled how he was accosted by the two men and ordered to hand over his gun.
But the JMPD officer said he was not going to let it go without a fight.
One of the suspects shot Gonani at close range, with one bullet hitting his arm and the other his chest, where he kept his ID book and badge in a pocket.
He believes his badge is what saved his life.
“All I can say is, somewhere, somehow, if God does not want you to go, you cannot go.”
Police were quick to arrest the two men in the township but were still searching for a third suspect.
Gonani thanked his colleagues for their swift reaction.