Pregnant woman robbed, dragged at Cape Town mall

2014-09-26 11:06
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Cape Town - A pregnant woman has been robbed and dragged almost 20m just outside the doors of Cape Town’s biggest shopping mall, it was reported on Friday.

Tasneem Essa, 22, told the Cape Times a man grabbed her cellphone in the parking lot at entrance 8 at about 16:00 on Tuesday.

She said no one else was around at the time of the incident.

Essa, who is 4-months pregnant and works at Bride and Co, ran after the man and managed to grab his arm and as he tried to break free, he pulled her into his getaway car which had four other people in it.

She said she was half in the vehicle when it started to pick up speed at which point she pushed herself out of the car and fell to the ground.

Essa sustained bruises on her arms and leg.

It was only just after the incident when other people exited the mall and security guards were called to Essa’s aid.

Retail robberies increased by almost a third in a year, the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) said last week, reported Sapa.

"The continued targeting of the retail sector by organised crime syndicates is of considerable concern to the industry," head of the CGCSA's consumer goods crime risk initiative Graham Wright said in a statement.

The organisation found that retail robberies grew 30% over the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, compared with the previous financial year.

Financial losses through these robberies grew 32%.

These trends continued into this year, with retail robberies now reaching their highest recorded level.

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