- A middle-aged white man was caught red-handed after he stole a group of items from a store
- The footage was shared via social media and caused a stir by attracting more than 500 comments
- The video had a polarising effect as some sympathised with the man, while others labelled him a common criminal
A middle-aged white man was caught after he nabbed a batch of grocery items from a store.
He was ordered to remove the stolen goods and seemed to be carrying more than 10 items.
Footage of the incident was shared by South Africa Live via Facebook.
The video has had a polarising effect as it left South Africans divided on the matter.
Briefly.co.za noted that many social media users sympathised with the man and his predicament.
Prince Khumalo said, “This's what I am constantly saying, tough times are indiscriminative, poverty has no race, it’s time to make the world a better place for all. That man would not steal if things are going well, anybody will do the same thing if they're hit with hard times, I’ll do anything to feed my family if that's the only option left, am sure he's not proud of it, I can see the sadness in him. #Povertyisbadforeveryone. South Africa live. Please Find that man and get me his contact.
Dirk En Nadia Robbertse added: “Prince Khumalo AMEN... I just wish other people thought like you..... Well said my Man.”
However, not everyone was on the same page.
Sechaba Mokhine responded: “Dirk En Nadia Robbertse, if this is how your parents taught you to speak to people then by all means, address your mother this way but please. I didn't swear at anyone. This guy stole ribs and monster energy drink. Since when is that poverty?”
Andrew Grahn added, “Yep, he stole luxuries not necessities, this still does not excuse theft.”
Zolani Penxa commented: “Strange I suppose the saying that white is always right will always stand. Black people will do humiliating jobs to feed their families and be called all sorts of names. Collect scraps, wash windows at corners take insults from white people and be accused of being stupid and lazy to think by the same group. Now a common white thief on expensive clothes stole luxuries from a store it is justifiable. If it was a Blackman who studied hard graduated and could not get job like most of us none of that will even be considered. He would just be thrown to prison and make the time. We still got a long way to go.”
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