KZN Couple Robbed by Pedestrians After a Car Accident, South Africans Shocked by Behaviour

KZN Couple Robbed by Pedestrians After a Car Accident, South Africans Shocked by Behaviour

  • Pedestrians robbed an elderly couple after a car accident on the R102 in Durban North
  • Instead of offering assistance, bystanders took items from their overturned vehicle, but good Samaritans eventually intervened
  • South Africans are outraged by the incident and wonder why people would take advantage of the vulnerable

DURBAN - South Africans are lost for words after learning that a couple was robbed during their time of need.

Collage image of a car accident in KZN
A man and woman were robbed while trapped inside their car after being involved in an accident. Images: RUSA/Facebook
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Couple gets robbed after being in an accident

An elderly couple was robbed by pedestrians after being involved in a car accident on the R102 between Canelands and Verulam, north of Durban, on Wednesday, 27 September.

According to TimesLIVE, the couple, aged 54 and 73, were trapped in the overturned vehicle when people started grabbing things from their car instead of helping.

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In a statement issued by Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), spokesperson Prem Balarm said motorists who witnessed the couple getting robbed called the security company for help.

The pedestrians fled the scene after other motorists stopped to help the couple. The 54-year-old woman said someone tried to steal her handbag but she managed to clutch it tightly.

The accident seems to have been cause by a malfunction in the vehicle.

South Africans appalled by robbery

Shiven Lutchman said:

"Welcome to South Africa, where you are a target for criminals regardless of your situation. Thank God the occupants of the vehicle are okay."

Crayzee Kala commented:

"Like, I don't even know how to respond to this..."

Ursula Bullard said:

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"It's an absolute disgrace, I hope these thieves get their day. Our towns need a good cleanup!"

Resh Singh said:

"I don't even know how to respond. Such a tragedy, honestly, but thankfully nobody was seriously injured."

Triggar Blackjuicetrapx Shange commented:

"We live in a series... it's a drama. Every day there's something new. Welcome to South Africa."

Casey Basdeo said:

"That area is filled with criminals… just take a drive past and see how many are standing in the bushes along the way. They run into the taxi rank so they don’t get caught."

Locals help themselves to goods after finding truck driver dead

Briefly News previously reported that a 45-year-old truck driver was shot dead and his truck was looted by members of the public on Tuesday in Marite, outside Hazyview, Mpumalanga.

According to TimesLIVE, police spokesperson Brig Selvy Mohlala said the driver, Petros Jay Magagula from Matsulu, and two crew members were driving on the R40 road towards Bushbuckridge for a delivery when four or five armed suspects ambushed them.

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The suspects emerged from the roadside with firearms and attempted to stop the truck by standing in the middle of the road. The driver, Magagula, made a U-turn and bumped into another vehicle. The suspects fired shots at the truck, killing Magagula and injuring one crew member.

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Source: Briefly News

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