Cop’s daughter shows off looted goods on Facebook

2014-07-20 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A police officer’s daughter in a small Western Cape town has gloated on Facebook that she was involved in looting foreign-owned shops.

Last Saturday night, Hopefield erupted after a 20-year-old resident, Elmore Gurah, was stabbed and died in a foreign-owned shop.

An angry crowd of locals gathered, tore down the shop and then moved across the normally quiet town plundering other shops owned by foreigners.

The attacks started at around midnight and as they were unfolding, Charney Maarman (22) posted a series of photographs on social networking site Facebook that showed groceries stacked on her bed. She also photographed her cousin posing with the pile of soft drinks, tins of food, tea bags and matches.

She commented in Afrikaans, which is translated as follows: “Out shopping with the Nigerians last night. It’s raining nicely in Hopefield! Lol!”

Her father, Klaas Maarman, is a warrant officer at the Hopefield Police Station. He refused to comment and said his daughter would not comment either.

Local residents stole the foreigners’ personal belongings, including their stock, clothing, TVs, DVDs, laptops, refrigerators and money.

Most of the foreign nationals are either Somali or Ethiopian.

By Monday morning, police were aware of Charney’s posts – but she only deleted them at about 6pm that day, after posting she was “still busy eating”.

Then on Thursday, after a local newspaper reported on the attacks and her Facebook posts, Maarman hit back.

“I walked straight past the police with those goods and nobody did anything! And why not? Because the police told me it was fine! They said they are blessings!” she said on Facebook.

She also changed her tune slightly about just how involved she’d been: “Firstly, I am pregnant!!” she wrote, again in Afrikaans.

“I definitely could not have gone into that shop and stolen. All that stuff I found I just picked up as it lay in the streets.”

Hopefield’s station commander, Captain Gottlieb Adams, confirmed that he was aware of the posts. He said there would be an investigation, but would not comment further.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.