Mmusi Maimane

South African politician Mmusi Maimane. Image via @mmusimaimane/Instagram

‘What’s a pastor doing at a bar?’: Mmusi Maimane robbery questioned

Tweeps are questioning Mmusi Maimane’s religious beliefs after he was a victim of a robbery at a bar in Cape Town on Wednesday night.

Mmusi Maimane

South African politician Mmusi Maimane. Image via @mmusimaimane/Instagram

One South Africa Movement leader and former Democratic Alliance president Mmusi Maimane fell victim to a robbery at gunpoint in Cape Town on Wednesday 3 August.

While some South Africans empathise with him as they’ve also been victims of crime, others are wondering what he was doing at an alcohol establishment in the first place considering that he is a pastor.


Taking to his Instagram to share what happened, Maimane described the moment as “surreal” and “like something out of a movie.”

The politician had been out with his brother-in-law who had been visiting from overseas when the ordeal happened. Maimane narrated that it had not been long since they arrived when three armed men walked into the bar located in Claremont.

He said it didn’t initially dawn on him that they were in danger because the waitress had asked the men if they wanted a table for three. At that moment, the three men brandished their weapons and forced the patrons to hide under their tables while ordering the bartender to give them cash.

Patrons were robbed of their jewellery, bags and cellphones, News24 reports. The publication also reports that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

“I wonder and lament the lives of all people that were shot at a tavern, they like us went out to have a drink and they lost their lives. I have greater thoughts for all those families today even more so. I worry about crime in our nation. It’s truly out of hand,” Maimane wrote on Instagram.

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Maimane was ordained as a pastor before becoming a politician and has a master’s degree in theology from Bangor University, in Wales. As this is public knowledge, some tweeps could not help but ask why a pastor was at a bar, to begin with.

This is driven by the ideology that Christians should not consume alcohol and pastors are expected to be examples in that regard.

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