- A Johannesburg man was featured on Humans of New York
- He decried the high crime rate, adding that the police "aren't doing anything"
- He said business owners sometimes take matters into their own hands to confront criminals
An unnamed Johannesburg man has lamented the high crime rate in the city, which he says is "out of control" and "bad for business."
The man shared his experience on the popular Humans of New York's Facebook page recently, Briefly.co.za gathered.
He revealed that he works as a cobbler. He said criminals snatch handbags and mobile phones from pedestrians along the streets in broad daylight.
The man added:
Our customers are being scared away. The police aren’t doing anything, so we’re forced to take matters into our own hands.
Recently, he was forced to chase down three young men who had broken into his customer's car. They had taken a laptop, which he managed to recover after beating up one of them.
However, the police warned him the following day not to take matters into his own hands because he risked being arrested. The frustrated man said:
But what am I supposed to do? Let my customers be robbed? Soon we won’t have any customers left. If police aren’t willing to stop the crime, we must do it ourselves.
The man's post elicited various reactions from readers in South Africa and around the world. Many of them shared similar experiences.
Ute Swanepoel wrote:
Just for perspective, I was once attacked by three men in an inner city in South Africa, and I fought and three amazing men, a bus driver, tax driver and pedestrian, came and helped and were really brave and looked out for me so I could get away.
There are criminals and there are heroes. In South Africa, you wake up each day and decide which one you are going to be.
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