Vic­tim of con­cert crime gets phone back

The Star Early Edition - - METRO - ANNA COX [email protected]

LINDIWE Nkuna, who was robbed of her cell­phone while try­ing to get a lift back to her Pre­to­ria home after the Global Cit­i­zen con­cert, got the de­vice back from the Joburg metro po­lice depart­ment (JMPD) yes­ter­day.

Nkuna said she was walk­ing with friends to get an Uber taxi home when a man ap­proached and snatched the phone out of her hand.

“We were taken by sur­prise be­cause we felt safe with so many peo­ple around.

“There were some JMPD of­fi­cers close by and we alerted them. As we were telling them what hap­pened, the man ca­su­ally walked past again. We told the of­fi­cers he was the one (who took the phone) and they chased him.

“We did not hang around be­cause by then we were fear­ing for our safety. But then I got a call to say my phone had been re­cov­ered.” She was one of the lucky ones, she said.

The of­fi­cer who re­cov­ered the phone was In­spec­tor Sammy Naidoo.

JMPD spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Min­naar said seven sus­pects were ar­rested on Sun­day evening after the con­cert and they re­mained in cus­tody.

They would be ap­pear­ing in court on De­cem­ber 11 on charges of armed rob­bery and of be­ing un­doc­u­mented for­eign na­tion­als.

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