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Armed street gang operating in Pretoria

A prominent advocate and a government official fell victim to the armed street gang in the CBD.

Pretoria CBD. Picture: NJR_ZA/Wikipedia

JOHANNESBURG - It's emerged a well-known advocate and a government official have fallen victim to an armed street gang operating in the Pretoria CBD.

Lawyer Mannie Witz was held up at knife point late last month while the second victim had to go to hospital after being wounded, apparently by the same criminals.

Police made arrests in the case last week, including a man believed to have bought stolen goods.

Witz was on his way to a pre-trial conference when he was ambushed inside his car while parked on the corner of Schoeman and Prinsloo streets.

With a knife pointed at him, he was forced to part with his money and cellphone.

"I said if you want the car you can take it, there's no tracker. He didn't want the car, he wanted money and valuables. He gave me back the key and said 'don't look and just drive out' and they then guided me out."

A government official was attacked hours later while stationary at a red traffic light.

His hand was badly cut during a scuffle with the robbers.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba has told Eyewitness News a festive season crackdown on crime includes street gangs operating in the province.

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