ATM bomb suspects arrested in Gauteng

2011-02-09 20:11

Johannesburg - Three members of a suspected ATM-bombing syndicate - including an SA Air Force member - have been arrested in Gauteng, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

Colonel Motlafela Mojapelo said the arrests followed a break-in at a shop in Polokwane on Friday in which jewellery, a Kruger Rand worth R14 000 and soccer World Cup gold coins worth R150 000 were taken.

During the arrests, made on Tuesday, police discovered "tools that are used to break open ATMs" such as "a grinder and screwdrivers".

He the two men and a woman, all originally from Limpopo, were allegedly linked to a syndicate which had bombed ATMs in Gauteng and Limpopo.

They faced charges of business robbery.

A fourth alleged member of the syndicate, who was also allegedly involved in the Polokwane robbery, fled before he could be apprehended by police.

He was Sampson Malapane Mokgalaka and was married to the woman arrested.

Mokgalaka was out on bail pending his appeal against a life sentence he received for murdering a pharmacist and Limpopo health department employee in 2007.

Mojapelo said police were hoping to arrest more members of the syndicate soon.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-09 20:23

    How is someone out on bail after sentencing for murder? Surely his appeal is made while he sits in jail? What sort of legal system do we have?

      wikipedia - 2011-02-09 23:54

      I agree WTF is the legal system there for

      Chris - 2011-02-10 09:05

      a useless one - the judge that thought it good to give this man bail should be send to jail as well. *shaking my head in disbelieve*

      THH - 2011-02-10 12:10

      I also agree bud, bail and murder should only be used in the same sentence with denied.

  • serious - 2011-02-09 20:33

    In case u thot foreigners are responsible for crime in S.A. It's married South African couples like Sampson Malapane Mokgalaka and his wife...

  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-09 20:39

    Now the big question is, was his day job an ATM bomber or an Air Force 'member' that another word for a tool. If I decide to follow a life of crime, this country would be my land of milk and an America, but just for murderers and robbers. For a couple of hundred rand I can kill and still get out on bail and do it a weekend hobby.

  • P226 - 2011-02-10 08:34

    Sentance: Cortex wrapped around wrists and ancles. Ready... and... BOOM. No more stealing, no more running, no more blowing things up.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-02-12 07:07

    It is time they put more Zulus in SAPS. In KZN they take them out.

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