Mercedes Benz Woolworths grocery looter pleads guilty (Source: Twitter)Mercedes Benz Woolworths grocery looter pleads guilty (Source: Twitter)

The Cost of Misfortune: South Africans React to Mercedes Benz Grocery Looter’s Guilty Plea

Mbuso Moloi, a man who was caught stealing groceries during the 2021 KwaZulu-Natal riots in South Africa, has pleaded guilty to theft and contravention of the Road Traffic Management Act.

He was captured on camera carrying a basket of groceries from a Woolworth’s outlet in Glenwood, Durban. Moloi was driving a Mercedes Benz valued at approximately R500,000 at the time of the offense, but the car was seized and forfeited by the Asset Forfeiture Unit last year.

He is the only looter to be prosecuted so far, and some people on social media believe he is the unluckiest person in the world. Others think he was caught at the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing.

Tweeps react to Mercedes Benz Grocery Looter’s sentencing

Mercedes Benz Woolworths grocery looter pleads guilty (Source: Twitter)
Mercedes Benz Woolworths grocery looter pleads guilty (Source: Twitter)

Some of the sections on social media are:

@ZenzeleKhubeka9;

This is how bad luck looks like, there’re people who got away with more than 5 fridges, tv’s, washing machines and many more appliances but this guy got arrested for a few groceries

@BlueN_Kapok;

Guys let’s do a ceremony for this guy, too much bad luck!!! Ancestors are so angry like jonanaweh 😭

@Bveniguru;

Real definition of foolishness or maybe evil spirits following oneself. You drive a swanky car and in the heat of the moment get allured into looting goods worth less than a full tank of your car’s fuel which you obviously afford, later on, lose the car and earn a criminal record

The June 2021 Riots that led to his arrest

The July 2021 riots, also known as the Zuma riots, were a series of civil unrest that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces from July 9 to July 18, 2021.

They were sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, who was found guilty of contempt of court. The riots caused over 350 deaths and massive economic damage.

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