A group of robbers wearing T-shirts with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s face on them carried out a cash heist in Durban, leaving locals surprised and ANC leaders in shock.
The incident occurred on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in the Mtshebheni area. Witnesses were initially confused as the robbers resembled high-ranking ANC officials on a campaign trail.
However, their true intentions quickly became apparent when they attacked the security guards protecting the cash-laden truck that had just arrived at the Spar.
The robbers then disappeared with their loot, leaving onlookers in disbelief. Mlondolozi Mkhize, the ANC’s regional spokesperson for eThekwini, condemned the incident as thuggery that tarnished the party’s image.
“We are disappointed about this thuggery because it paints an image of the ANC in a disgraceful manner,” said Mkhize.
“We call upon the police to act swiftly to arrest the suspects. They decided to wear ANC T-shirts because they know very well that people always have hope when they see anyone wearing an ANC T-shirt.”
According to provincial police spokesperson Constable Thenjiwe Ngcobo, there were three armed robbers. Investigations are ongoing.
This incident adds to the growing concern over armed robberies in Inanda and kwaMashu townships, following the resurgence of business after the devastating unrest of July 2021.
Many establishments, including the Mtshebheni SuperSpar, have managed to make a comeback with a new state-of-the-art shop – yet it still remains vulnerable to such attacks.