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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Steward almost robbed in JNB

Received a message regarding an incident in JNB (Johannesburg). This is one of the most violent places in the world and our crew had been robbed and harassed in the past.
Two days ago, as steward Jim (not his real name) was going back to the hotel after doing some shopping at a mall nearby, he was harassed and almost robbed by a huge black man. The man demanded Jim hand his wallet and money over to him. This was in the afternoon in the presence of many people. Jim ran for his dear life towards the hotel at the same time shouting for help.
The hotel security staff ran out of the hotel on hearing Jim's cry for help. The would be robber fled.
Personally, I had an experience in JNB many years ago during my nightstop. In the middle of the night, I was awakened by what sounded to be gunshots. Later, I was told by the security staff that there was attempted robbery.
When my crew and I wanted to go across the road from the hotel to buy something, we were escorted by the armed hotel security staff.
The crew has been advised to move in a group. Never try to leave the hotel by yourself especially the stewardesses.

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