Durban Central residents live in fear of being mugged
Durban Central residents fear walking around their neighbourhood with belongings because of criminals who are operating in the area.
Nokwanda Madikane who resides in the area says she leaves her phone behind if she is going to the shops, because of high possibilities of being mugged.
“The first time I was mugged was two years ago, and it has happened a few times after that. The decision to leave my phone behind when I’m going out was the best I ever made, you just never know when it your unlucky day, “she said.
The residents complain that the muggings have became such a norm that it even feels like you are crazy when you open a case at the nearest police station.
Mxolisi Msibi who works at a shop by corner of Smith Street and Russell, which residents identify as a hotspot for muggings, said that he witnesses people getting mugged daily.
“I have been working in this area for about four years, everyday there is someone who gets mugged and it by the same group of criminals. Everyone is a target, it does not matter if you male or female, “he said.
He also added that people should hide their small items such as phones and jewellery because those are the popular items that you are most likely to get mugged for.
Police officer, Senzo Ngcobo, based in the Durban Central station said that people should always report cases even if they feel like chances of the case being solve are slim.
“People have lost faith in the justice system that they do not bother reporting cases, but I strongly advise against that. The police really do follow up on cases as they are compelled to, even the smallest cases do get attention and surprisingly cases that involve muggings or any other petty crimes do get solved,” said Ngcobo.