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Dude, Where's My Dreads? South Africa's Odd Spate Of Dreadlock Theft

I've been dreadknapped!? And they didn't even take my wallet.

THE TIMES (South Africa)

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JOHANNESBURG – Jasper Munsinwa was partying at a nightclub in Johannesburg when he noticed his friend, Mutsa Madonko, was missing. “When we found him, he still had his cellphone and wallet with all his money inside.”

Mutsa was passed out, with all his deadlocks cut off.

According to The Times, Mutsa is one of a growing number of people who have had their dreadlocks stolen these past few months. This new trend is linked to the rising demand for natural dreadlocks as hair extensions, said The Times.

In South Africa, shoulder-length dreadlocks cost between $20 and $80, while longer ones can cost up to $280. It takes years to grow proper dreadlocks – 10 years, in the case of Mutsa Madonko.

Hairstylist Lebo Masimong said women were the most at risk of getting their locks chopped off: "You are an easy target if you walk around the CBD central business district 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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