Jennine Naidoo, an upcoming bride from Shallcross, Durban, South Africa, was left in distress when thieves snatched her wedding dress during rush hour traffic in the Durban CBD.
Expressing her disappointment in the escalating crime, Naidoo took to social media to share her harrowing experience and warn other motorists to be cautious at the location where the robbery occurred on Monday morning, July 24, 2023.
With her wedding scheduled for August 5, 2023, Naidoo now faces a daunting task of just eight days to find and alter a new wedding dress before the big day.
Many social media users sent their messages of support and wished her well for her wedding.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Naidoo said she and her father were on their way to work in a bakkie, when the robbery happened.
She said her wedding dress, which was worth R15,000 was in the back of their bakkie which was locked.
She had been taking her dress to have an alteration at the dressmaker before her big day.
“We had been driving near West Street near the China Mall that burnt down when we were robbed. While in traffic my dad kept on looking in his rear-view mirror as we know that area is a hotspot for smash and grabs,” Naidoo said
“All of a sudden my father noticed a guy had opened the back of the bakkie somehow, we started shouting hysterically but he had already pulled the dress out,” she said.
“Another guy was with him and he just smirked at me.”
Naidoo said despite this being her dream wedding dress, she wouldn’t want it back.
“I had purchased the
dress last year and was excited to wear it. But I would never want it back. It was so special and now I feel it has been tainted,”
She said she was trying to rake up money to purchase another dress with the help of friends and family.
Naidoo said she did not report the matter to police.
“The justice system always fails us and it won’t bring my dress back,”
She said the robbery incident left them traumatised.
“But I’m so glad my father and I were not harmed in anyway,”
“I believe that God had a plan. I was thinking if I kept the dress in the front with me, we could have been harmed.”
There is no human compassion and human value, to steal my wedding dress and then smirk at me.”
“We work hard for our stuff and for it to be taken away in that manner is disheartening,”
“But I am not prepared to let this incident spoil my wedding day.”