Angry women teach mugger a lesson

2013-08-23 10:25
A CCTV screen grab shows a woman kicking a mugger in a Pietermaritzburg street. (Safe City, The Witness)

A CCTV screen grab shows a woman kicking a mugger in a Pietermaritzburg street. (Safe City, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Muggers better watch out; women are not weak and easy targets to be messed with.

A mugger learnt this lesson the hard way when he attempted to steal a cellphone from a woman in Church Street in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday afternoon.

The act was caught on the CCTV cameras monitored by Safe City. They did not need to intervene much as a group of surrounding woman took justice into their own hands.

Lucas Holtzhausen of Safe City and his staff were amused at the justice that was dished out by the women.

Kicked in private parts

“An unfortunate male suspect tried to steal a woman’s cellphone. He ran up to her and tried to grab it. She screamed and at least 10 women came to help her. The guy didn’t know where to turn. One lady came from behind and kicked him right in his private parts. He got it from all sides. Luckily there were some traffic wardens nearby who 'rescued' him, but the women did not stop, they kept following him,” said Holtzhausen.

While the traffic wardens kept the suspect from the wrath of the sizeable group of women, Safe City dispatched police to the scene.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said they had received a report of a fight along Church Street in the Pietermaritzburg CBD on Wednesday. “A traffic officer arrested a 21-year-old male suspect at the scene. It is believed that the man robbed a female victim of her cellular phone and she immediately began shouting for assistance. Instantly, community members apprehended the man and began assaulting him.”

The woman whose phone was stolen did not want to open a case and the man was later released.

Holtzhausen feels that this is poetic justice since it is Women’s Month: “The moral of this story? All men please beware, it is Women’s Month!”

On Wednesday, The Witness reported that robbers who targeted two women in the Pietermaritzburg CBD where caught by two body builders and were made to hand back their loot.

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