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Mugging on city street filmed in South Africa, not Kenya

A video of four men mugging another man at night on a city street was posted on Twitter by a user based in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15 August 2021.

“It's so bad sir please, police officers should patrol in CBD it's day time Tunataka [we want] peace and we love our country,” the tweet reads.

It was directed at Hillary Mutyambai, Kenya’s inspector general of police.

The video was posted elsewhere on Twitter, as well as on YouTube and Facebook, all with the claim that the mugging was in Nairobi.

But was it? We checked.


Store name, phone number leads to Pretoria

The words “Sunnypark Green Grocer” can be seen on a wall in the video, above the phone number 012 440 3328. A Google search for the store reveals that it’s in Pretoria, South Africa. Pretoria’s area code is 012, and the phone number is listed in the Sunnypark Greengrocer contact details.

Another search for the store name led to a news article published by Opera news on 10 August. According to the article, the mugging took place in Sunnyside, a suburb of Pretoria, in South Africa’s Gauteng province.

The article links to a video posted on Facebook by South Africa Daily on 8 August, identifying the location of the clip as Sunnyside, Pretoria.

The mugging was in South Africa, not Kenya.

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