War on hair-snatch vagrants

2013-11-19 00:00

THE KwaDukuza mayor has turned his focus on abandoned buildings in the town, after noting that vagrants have been operating from them and hacking off young women’s hair.

Ricardo Mthembu was speaking to The Witness after the publication of articles last week which reported that young women were afraid to walk through the CBD amid reports of thieves hacking off the hair of unsuspecting victims.

It is believed that the thieves, much like their chain-snatching counterparts, also operating in the town, roaming the streets with scissors and looking for hair to cut off and sell on the black market.

Local police were investigating nine cases of such incidents.

Yesterday, Mthembu announced that the town had launched Operation Khuculula (to clean) in an attempt to get rid of the vagrants, close down abandoned buildings and to protect the town’s citizens.

“We are still going to have a meeting with more of our SAPS members to see how we can deal further with this,” said Mthembu.

The mayor said this was a fairly new trend of crime and the perpetrators were motivated by the hunger for money.

“They hack off women’s hair and go sell it because there’s now a new market for human hair. I have not heard of many incidents — this behaviour has to stop,” he said.

He said the level of unemployment was also high in the area. “Mostly youth are affected and we are looking at how we can change it. They lack qualifications and are not getting into varsity but we are doing our level best to give them the necessary skills.”

He urged people to report such incidents to police so that those responsible could be brought to book.

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