Cape Town – Johannesburg metropolitan police department (JMPD) officers swiftly intervened when a young man attempted to commit suicide in the city centre, at the corner of Kruis and Lillian Ngoyi Street on Thursday.
Officers on patrol were alerted to the incident when they heard people screaming and saw a man on the edge of the top of a building attempting to jump, JMPD said in a statement.
JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said the officers rushed to the security personnel of the building and were directed to the top of the building.
“They managed to get up the stairs to the top of the building where they talked and negotiated with the young man while waiting for backup.
“The young man’s sister was contacted and officers continued to implore him not to jump until his sister came. The sister arrived, accompanied by a pastor and they managed to convince him not to commit suicide,” he said.
The young man descended from the ledge and received help from his sister and the pastor, added Fihla.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe