A video that appears to show a robbery in broad daylight in Johannesburg CBD has sparked outrage on social media.
The video appears to show a man struggling with three men at Small Street Mall in the Johannesburg city centre.
As onlookers watch from a safe distance, he tries to fight them off, but they eventually pin him to the ground before making off with their ill-gotten gains.
The victim is left sitting dazed in the middle of the mall as indifferent shoppers walk past. No one stops to help him.
While it's unclear when the video was shot, it has sparked outrage on social media, including from the city's number one citizen Herman Mashaba.
The outcry appears to have prompted a spike in visible policing by the Johannesburg Metro Police, which tweeted that patrols were underway in the area.
Azania Mosaka spoke to Mayor Mashaba about the scourge of crime in the city and the promises he made last year to tackle it.
We are committed to those, that is why with my first budget I passed upon taking over the office in February 2017, the biggest investment I made was on capacitating JMPD with additional 1500 police officers.— Herman Mashaba, City of Johannesburg Mayor
He adds that we need not run away from the real issues of undocumented people.
It makes it really difficult to control crime because today with crime, we don't deal with crime by beating up people, you need technology, you need the latest methods in ensuring that you can track down those criminal elements.— Herman Mashaba, City of Johannesburg Mayor
But now when you sit in a city with so many undocumented people, it makes it difficult but now another huge challenge that we are facing is that unfortunately, our National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been failing us as a country and the city of Johannesburg.— Herman Mashaba, City of Johannesburg Mayor
Watch below the video that sparked all the outrage...
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