- Camera footage of two smash and grabs occurring around Vanguard Road was shared on social media, shocking South Africans
- The videos show thieves brazenly smashing windows of idling cars in packed traffic
- The thieves steal drivers' belongings and run into the distance
Two separate instances of thieves smashing a windows and grabbing goods left on passenger seats of vehicles during bumper-to-bumper traffic has shocked South Africans on social media.
The attacks occurred in the same area in Cape Town. The first happened at 1:43 in the afternoon, on the corner of Vanguard Road and Jakkelsvlei Avenue and the second took place further along Vanguard Road at 6:49.
The footage clearly shows the thieves quickly smashing windows and grabbing whatever they could grab a hold of before sprinting off into the distance.
Footage of the second attack shows one man waiting for his accomplice who struggles to remove a bag from a car. He rushes to assist and the two men struggle with the stolen bag for a second before running off.
The busy road makes for an easy target as the volume of traffic makes it near impossible to drive away, even if you spot the thieves approaching.
Drivers have been warned to avoid leaving any items visible inside their vehicles, to avoid being targeted. It has also been suggested that drivers should ensure that there is space between them and the vehicles in front of them so that there is space to maneuver if need be.
The videos shocked South Africans who were disillusioned by the desperation and crime in the country. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom as some social media users tried to see hope in the situation.
Rob Massa asked whether it was possible to find jobs for the people who commit such crimes.
Contradicting the alarming number of people who suggested privileged South Africans should leave the county for greener pastures, going so far as to suggest that “Africa should be left to the Africans”, Prince Khumalo pointed out that such crimes are not unique to South Africa but are global phenomena, even occurring abroad where he now lives.
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