Movie house de­nies cou­ple was robbed while watch­ing movie

Sowetan - - News - By Naledi Shange

While a Jo­han­nes­burg cou­ple claims that it was robbed by a five-man gang while watch­ing a movie at the SterKinekor cin­ema at The Zone in Rose­bank‚ the movie com­pany has re­leased a state­ment con­tra­dict­ing some of the cou­ple’s claims.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion so far has found that it was not a group of peo­ple‚ but rather one in­di­vid­ual who stole the cus­tomer’s be­long­ings‚” Ster-Kinekor said yes­ter­day.

News of the at­tack went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia af­ter the cou­ple shared a post on their or­deal. “Was robbed dur­ing a movie at The Zone Rose­bank. No se­cu­rity or man­age­ment present to help‚” the woman wrote on her Face­book page. “... Be care­ful‚ and pro­tect each other out there. It’s a scary world we live in.”

A so­cial me­dia post at­trib­uted to her fi­ancé, which was shared on Twit­ter, as­serts they were seated when the gang pounced.

Ster-Kinekor took to their so­cial me­dia pages where they said the safety of their staff and cus­tomers re­mained a pri­or­ity.

“We are work­ing with our cin­ema staff to ac­cess CCTV footage and we are co-op­er­at­ing with the po­lice. The mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated fol­low­ing es­tab­lished guide­lines as set down by the com­pany‚ with the as­sis­tance of the mall’s se­cu­rity and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties‚” the com­pany said.

Cus­tomers blasted the movie house for the state­ment‚ say­ing there was noth­ing the cou­ple could have done to pre­vent the in­ci­dent.

Sergeant Bonginkosi Mdlet­she said the cou­ple was robbed of their cell­phones and a wal­let. – TimesLIVE

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