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FALSE: This video does not show a robbery taking place in Nairobi, Kenya

The backdrop to the robbery video is SUNNYPARK Green Grocers, which is located in Pretoria, South Africa.

Syndicated story by PesaCheck.

This YouTube video claiming to show a man being robbed on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, is FALSE.

The title of the video reads, “Robbery — Nairobi thieves caught by CCTV camera”.

The video shows a man in a yellow T-shirt being confronted in the street by four men. One of the assailants drags the victim away from the road, restraining him in a choke-hold, as another man empties his pockets.

The other two stand on guard as they watch over the area until the second assailant is done robbing the victim. The first man releases the victim and they all walk away. The victim runs in the opposite direction. The whole robbery takes 17 seconds.

But did the robbery take place on the streets of Nairobi? We fact-checked.

Google reverse image search using InVID does not indicate where the video originated from or when it was shot. Several people have shared the video without revealing where the incident happened, as seen herehere, and here. However, other people who have posted the footage assume it happened in Nairobi, Kenya, as seen here and here.

But further scrutiny of the video shows that the victim was robbed next to a wall with a backdrop written “SUNNYPARK Green Grocer”.

We searched the grocery store on Google maps and located it in Pretoria, South Africa.

The phone number in the Google maps is the same as the one indicated on the SUNNYPARK Green Grocer backdrop in the video.

We also searched using the phone number on Google, and one of the results shows the number belongs to SUNNYPARK Green Grocers in Pretoria, South Africa — 83 Jeppe Street.

PesaCheck has looked into a YouTube video claiming to show a man being robbed on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by PesaCheck chief copy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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