“I thought he wanted my phone, but he wanted my dreads…”

By Misha Solanga
05 July 2017

Cut and run has become very popular

For the longest time, people were not bothered with dreadlocks. If you wanted dreads it was simple, you grew dreads and committed to it for years. But the recent fad over dreadlocks is posing a threat to those who've been growing their locks for years.

In recent years celebrities and people alike have been installing "faux locks" (fibre dreadlocks) in order to attain the dreaded look, but it seems that the demand for the real thing has increased and prompted the theft and sale of human dreads.

On Tuesday, the 4 July, the topic on eNCA's CheckPoint was the "cut and run" phenomenon that's taking over SA. With this new wave of armed robbery, robbers forcefully cut a person's dreadlocks and run away with them. The robbers then sell the acquired dreadlocks to people who are desperate for dreads or to street dread stylists cheaply. Here are a few clips from the show where victims describe their experiences with this new crime:

Gone are the days when you had to hide your cellphone and wallet. Now it is your very own hair that is the commodity.

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