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Man's dreadlocks stolen at club

By Poppy Louw, The Times | Jan 29, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 35 ]

'Demand for human hair extensions prompts theft of dreadlocks'

Jasper Munsinwa was partying at a Johannesburg club when he noticed his friend was missing.

Minutes later, he found him passed out - with all of his dreadlocks shorn off!

Munsinwa's friend, Mutsa Madonko, who was visiting from Zimbabwe early this month and has since left, is one of a growing number of people who have had their dreadlocks stolen in the past few months.

The thefts, said hair stylists, were probably connected to the rising demand for natural dreadlocks as extensions.

Shoulder-length dreadlocks are sold for between R200 and R700, while longer ones cost as much as R2,500.

Munsinwa said it was clear that whoever stole his friend's hair - which had taken him 10 years to grow - was after nothing else.

"When we found him, he still had his cellphone and wallet with all his money inside."

Dreadlock stylists outside the Central Methodist Church in central Johannesburg said such is the demand for dreadlocks that few ask questions when the matted locks are offered for sale.

Said John Wushe: "They are becoming very popular. On a busy day we get about 10 people wanting to extend their hair."

But not everyone is keen on using a stranger's hair.

Willy Selahla of Soweto said: "I'm using my brother's hair because I know where it comes from and that he wasn't hurt".

Johannesburg police spokesman Captain John Maluleka encouraged victims to open cases of assault. He said: "We have only heard stories - no cases have been reported to us."

Maluleka said it could be a case of victims being too embarrassed to report the theft of their hair.

Randburg stylist Lebo Masimong said women were the most vulnerable.

"You are an easy target if you walk around the CBD and your hair is loose. They don't care about your money or fancy phone. They are only after your hair."

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Blessed rena ba di chess kop

Jan 29, 2013 3:21 | 0 replies

But is there a real responsible father who is still doing dreadlock, to me they look like rats

Jan 30, 2013 8:50 | 0 replies

my sister was nearly attacked too her dreads grow longer to her knees

Jan 30, 2013 8:58 | 0 replies

U Samson, bam layile! what is a man doing with long hair?

Jan 30, 2013 8:59 | 0 replies

WOMEN JUST LOV MY CHESS KOP

Jan 30, 2013 9:4 | 0 replies

haybo bakwethu cela nisiyeke ne dreads zethu. u steal mine ndakuloya mntam,

Jan 30, 2013 9:8 | 0 replies

Click S'febe was given 3 life sentences by Johannesburg High court after allergedly cutting RobinX a chess kop. Robin X was chilling with his buddies when this incident took place.

One of his friends Bucselona said " His hair was long and rough but then when we found him, his head was shining, i thought it was a Gold stone"

Police are still doing further investigations on this matter

Jan 30, 2013 9:15 | 0 replies

I cut my dreads every two years and throw them away. now about to cut anybody to buy

Jan 30, 2013 9:19 | 0 replies

Iyo, this is crime taken to a higher level-:)

Jan 30, 2013 9:29 | 0 replies

From zim, so what the hell, cut cut cut cut i would if i needed too

Jan 30, 2013 9:55 | 0 replies

Hevhanna ka deep voice ya se Venda, gwa nyewa mos

Jan 30, 2013 10:5 | 0 replies