Court remands ‘fake cops’

2012-11-21 00:00

THE five men who were arrested over the weekend for impersonating police officers, appeared at the Pieter­maritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday and were remanded in custody.

Mzo Simon Sithole (52) from Imbali, Mbulelo Mtolo (46) from Alexandra Road, Muzi Khumalo (53) from Pelham, Prince Malinga (36) from Ashdown and Inack Ayami Ajuss (37) from unit BB in Imbali, were charged with five charges, including housebreaking with intent to steal and theft from the PPL Scrapyard in Woodlands.

It is alleged that they impersonated police officers by dressing as policemen and producing fake appointment cards as well as a genuine one.

They were found in possession of an unlicensed 7,65 semi-automatic pistol, a prohibited CZ75 semi-automatic weapon and six live rounds of 9 mm ammunition.

The court heard that Sithole had a previous conviction for robbery and had been sentenced in 2000 to 12 years. Sithole also has a pending case in which he is standing trial for robbery.

Mtolo was found in possession of dagga and fined R50 in 1996, while in 1997 he was sentenced to 28 years for murder and robbery.

Khumalo was sentenced for robbery and later, on appeal, his sentence was reduced to 18 months in 1977, and in 1986 he was sentenced to six years for robbery.

Malinga was sentenced to 15 years for robbery in 1999.

The men allegedly held up staff at PPL Scrapyard in Lincoln Road and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Local people contacted Mountain Rise police station, suspecting something was amiss and the men were subsequently arrested.

Police are investigating where the robbers acquired their uniforms. The genuine identification card that was found on them was believed to have belonged to a reservist from Impendle, who has been discharged from the police service.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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