- Mmusi Maimane, the One South Africa Movement leader, says he is still recovering after being a victim of violence
- Maimane was in a Cape Town bar when three men with guns came in and robbed the place, including him and a family member
- The former Democratic Alliance leader stated that the recent encounter with crime reminded him that action needs to be urgently taken
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CAPE TOWN - One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane was recently a victim of a crime while visiting a Cape Town bar.
The former Democratic Alliance leader says he is still recovering from the traumatic ordeal. Maimane and several patrons were forced to hand over their personal belongings by three armed men who stormed the bar.
Maimane told EWN that the gunmen ordered everyone to lie on the ground before they began robbing them. The men also held up the management of the establishment.
The Cape Town police and private security guards were quick to arrive at the scene and some of the stolen items were found lying on the ground as the robbers were chased by law enforcement.
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Maimane told the publication that he was glad that no one was hurt during the armed robbery but the traumatic events served as a reminder of the prevalence of crime in South Africa. He says urgent action needs to be taken.
Since the increase in crime in the country, Maimane has been very vocal about Police Minister Bheki Cele's failures to address crime levels.
"This is truly tragic. Everyone should be able to go out and socialise with their friends without being terrified that they may not make it back home. The ministry of police is failing to keep the citizens of this country safe," wrote Maimane.
Here's what South Africans have to say about crime in the country:
"South Africa is one tragic place to live in! We wake up to tragic news every single day! This cannot be it. I'm not sure what must still happen or to whom for our government to actually pay attention."
"A police state is not the answer to such evil, it will certainly help but not solve."
"Are these attacks eligible to be declared terrorist attacks? If so, at what point do we deploy the necessary measures to deal with them?"
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Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Elias Mawela said the investigation had hampered the operational point of the illegal miners.
During an interview with eNCA, he said the operation had disrupted them, and it would take them some time to re-establish themselves.
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