Cape Town – Sandy-Lee Ward, the woman who made headlines when she chased down a man who had stolen her handbag from her car, says she just wanted her items back.
According to Ward, the criminals initially attempted to steal her car but couldn’t get her out because she was wearing her seatbelt.
Frustrated, they took her handbag, which contained her ID, driver’s license, and house keys, prompting Ward to chase after them.
She drove through a security boom while pursuing the thieves and eventually struck the man holding her handbag, causing it to fly out of his hand.
A nearby petrol attendant retrieved the bag and returned it to her.
Some South Africans praised her actions, while others criticised them as reckless.
Ward, however, insists she wasn’t trying to harm the man but merely wanted her belongings back.
“My whole life was in [the bag].
“That is what drove me… as these guys ran… I said ‘Lord, those are my things, they’re not allowed to take my things,” she said.
The robber who took her handbag was arrested shortly after being hit by her car.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu