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Cops robbed of R2.2m

2011-10-02 14:27

Johannesburg - The Hawks were following leads after crime intelligence officers were robbed of R2.2m in cash in downtown Johannesburg, the unit said on Sunday.

"Our investigations are at an advanced stage, but I cannot reveal further details," spokesperson McIntosh Polela said.

The robbery happened around 11:00 on Friday in Xavier Street. The officers had just left a bank with the money and were going back to their car when robbers confronted them at gunpoint.

City Press reported on Sunday that the money, withdrawn from an Absa bank branch, was meant for the crime intelligence's secret and witness protection funds.

Comments
  • Thandi - 2011-10-02 14:43

    If that wasn't an inside job, and the two cops who were the so-called victims were not part of the heist, then I will believe that tomorrow the sun is going to rise in the North, and that fatboy has the welfare of the poor at heart. Once more our dim-witted cops demonstrate just how incompetent they really are.

      realist03 - 2011-10-02 14:53

      Im calling "BULLPOOP" on this one,the police are criminals,well at least 90% of them,these were probably celes right hand men,witness protect my a$$

      disappointed - 2011-10-02 15:42

      i agree 100%

      amos - 2011-10-02 17:19

      Inside job very likely, but it is defamatory to say the " the two cops who were the so-called victims" were part of the heist. Crimenal defamation ?

      letsee - 2011-10-02 21:42

      WoW! Great cops. Next time the cops should hire a protection from a private security company. We can actually close down the cops and let the private companies take care of South Africa's security.

      czovczov - 2011-10-03 07:08

      I am no Sherlock Holmes but I am convinced this was an inside job either from the bank or the police. And how in the hell can the police withdraw and transport R2.2million cash without adequate security? Join Facebook Group THE SOUTH AFRICA I WANT, THE SOUTH AFRICA I DESERVE and discuss events such as these happening in our country.

      Forward - 2011-10-03 07:46

      "CASH" for crime intelligence's secret and witness protection "FUNDS". They must think that we are all stupid.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 08:55

      WHO CASHES SUCH LARGE AMOUNTS???? IDIOTS! Should you feel the URGE to cash vast amounts like this... you call a SECURITY COMPANY TO ASSIST!!!!!!! UNLESS YOU HAVE ALTERIOR MOTIVES... of which I believe the LATTER is correct!!!!!!!

      ANC support - 2011-10-03 09:14

      Why draw that much money, ...surely it could have been tranfered!

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-03 10:38

      Inside job? Absolutely! I usually laugh when i hear reporters say" Men dressed "as" Police robbed this and that place or person." We all know they "ARE" police members........

      avanhuyssteen72 - 2011-10-03 11:17

      Why did they have so much money???

      Charles N - 2011-10-03 11:35

      Why are we paying R2.2m a month for spies? What are we getting out of this?

  • Met - 2011-10-02 14:45

    Really? How many witnessed this robbery and how many shots were fired at the police/robbers, no one knowing who was who? Downtown Johannesburg is an absolute ideal spot to draw R2,2 million?

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-02 15:24

      And tell me these cops werent armed. Pull the other one my legs are getting longer every day.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 00:35

      A typical W.T.F. MOMENT in SA.... HAUW!

  • Bill Xhosa - 2011-10-02 14:56

    Words escape me. 2.2m in cash walking to a car. Wouldn't that be bulky and require an armored car for transport? Of course it smells like an inside job but who leaked the info? Someone from the bank or someone from the police?

      Fred_D_Z - 2011-10-02 15:51

      Don't think it was the bank. Who in their right mind would rob police if they weren't in on it?? There is only option here...Inside Job.

  • AJ2 - 2011-10-02 14:57

    How can it be procedure for that amount of money to be withdrawn at one time? Seriously...

  • AntonioP - 2011-10-02 14:59

    I ask with tears in my eyes, how TF can two cops draw 2.2 mil cash out of a bank? What possible cause could they have -other than a nice, clean inside job! "Oh boss, the money it is gone now. It worked veery neish. Wait for the Protection of Corruption Act -and we can do this all the time; who's to know?"

  • leonard - 2011-10-02 15:02

    Nobody but NOBODY, in todays times, draws R2.5mil in cash.Public,draw your own conclusions.If I were part of the police, I would have just kept quiet about this one.What a crock of sh#t.Methinks Cele is trying to make up the shortfall in income lost on the lease deal.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-02 16:39

      This was a "PLANNED ROBBERY", by the Cops in the UPPER EXECUTIVE... Who is the 1st place signed the CHEQUE? Who DECIDED, whom to send to draw the said cash? How was the "selected" Cops SCREENED, to go to the bank and DRAW the CASH??????? Pull the other leg.... it has a REMNANT of a FORESKIN onnit!

      leonard - 2011-10-02 21:52

      @ Myself....And now theR2.5 mil question.WHAT WILL CELE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-03 12:01

      @Leonard he is wondering where his cut is......

  • Honestly - 2011-10-02 15:03

    They are so f@@@ing stupid to think they will fool the public. Must be ANCYL members, wih A+ for Std 3 woodwork

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-10-02 15:20

    Don't have to look far, I know of 2 suspects

  • get to know - 2011-10-02 15:20

    early christimas gift from tax payers,job well done... hawks go get your cut of the loot from your buddies.

  • IsThatAFact - 2011-10-02 15:24

    Why such a big amount at one time, Why no escort, Why were they not alert and prepared, WHY WHY WHY

      Really1 - 2011-10-02 21:53

      Cops, alert, prepared. All in one sentence?

  • Vince York - 2011-10-02 15:24

    Simply amazing it was not RBillions - and protected by blue light 'ego' convoy squads! What is NOT incredible, is that it was far from secret and a commonly & widely known fact of specific CASH transaction - seemingly in line with state policy to avoid all trace of all transactions in undeclared wealth redistribution methods - thereby circumventing the need for a total secrecy Bill through parliament! In fact, it probably was originally destined to pass some eminent KING who needed an escalated commission from it first to support his dignity!

  • Ian - 2011-10-02 15:25

    BULLDUST, you guys took it, probally punched each other a bit to make it look like a robbery

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-02 15:39

    an early donation to the ANC? Where is Floyd and juju anyway?

  • William - 2011-10-02 15:41

    just, another inside job!!!!!

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-10-02 15:44

    the witnesses will be "secret"

  • IMPERADOR - 2011-10-02 15:50

    HA! HA ! HA !Only in Sout Africa.

  • Fred_D_Z - 2011-10-02 15:56

    There must be a lot of crime intelligence going on and a heck of a lot of winesses to protect?? What happened to good ol fashioned eft transfers? Smells like a nice little slush fund they got going there.

  • Thandi - 2011-10-02 16:16

    How do you rob a bank in South Africa?. No problem - just get some dumb-f**ck in the so-called police force to sign a withdrawal slip and just walk in and help yourself to the money. HaHaHa - what a joke our 'protectors' have become.

  • Johan - 2011-10-02 17:20

    what a joke. I left the saps after 28 yeaqrs and never heard of that amount drawn. I also escorted some members of a big finance office in saps and never was such amount drawn. 2 members smilling lekkerrrrrrr. who gave them the go ahead to draw that amount. i wonder.

      AntonioP - 2011-10-03 00:26

      The senior cop who gets half of the loot, gave the go ahead.

  • Selvan Pillay - 2011-10-02 17:22

    Surprise surprise.ha ha ha ha ha ha.............

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-10-02 17:37

    Cops robbed of R2.2m. Tomorrow's headline: Cops arrested for R2.2m

      Kwelapele - 2011-10-03 06:30

      And they will still keep their nice jobs and money

  • Rightway - 2011-10-02 17:41

    Inside job. Corrupt Police. You do not have to be a rocket scientist.

  • Jeanie Herselman - 2011-10-02 17:46

    Try online banking next time guys...

  • JP Miller - 2011-10-02 18:33

    There goes my tax money again. I pay so much bloody tax and it's being trashed. There was already a case in the papers this weekend of someone who had put his family on the payroll as "informants". Yikes - is there no stone unturned in terms of the length and breadth of corruption in this country?

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-02 18:58

    Sounds like the keystone cops - oh sorry ! these are the keystone cops - or more likely an inside job cos someone wanted to look after his retirement

  • Webster - 2011-10-02 18:59

    If this is true isn't an inside job I think it is very funny. We ordinary citizens live with danger daily. No one cares. They just give stupid crime stats.

  • Janine - 2011-10-02 19:02

    The way I see this, there are only two possible scenarios - one - the cops really are that dumb to be carrying such a large amount of money without protection and two - the cops are going to get a nice big chunk of money for being accomplices.

  • Adrian - 2011-10-02 19:24

    I say Mac old boy, do you really think we are as green as we are cabbage looking? We have a good idea by now, just how corrupt our cops are in case you didn't know.

  • Delta Roger - 2011-10-02 19:31

    Ag shame, I hope the victims (crime intellengence staff)are receiving trauma counselling,ha ha ha.Plastic bags over their heads and you will get the names of all the crooks. It's their time to get orange or green uniforms,meals and lodging courtesy of the taxpayer.

  • Bewildered - 2011-10-02 19:52

    For once in my life I am utterly speechless....

  • valventer - 2011-10-02 20:01

    In today's day why was the money not electronically transferred?

  • Ho Hum@24.com - 2011-10-02 20:06

    Wee ah goeeng two hev thee eenvestigashun...we wunt two no why there wuz know keekbeck four thee ANC...wee ah deemundeeng thees kickbeck...

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-10-02 20:11

    the safest place these days are a petrol garrage. Not a police station. Tou would risk your live is you think its safe.

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-10-02 20:15

    The safest place these days are a petrol garrage. Not a police station. You would risk your live if you think its safe. Cele welcome to anargy 99. Weak dumb d-----ck

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-10-02 20:16

    The safest place these days are a petrol garrage. Not a police station. You would risk your live if you think its safe. Cele welcome to anargy 99. Weak dumb d-----ck

  • Hasane - 2011-10-02 20:18

    Inside job period.

  • gizzy - 2011-10-02 21:51

    2.2 million in cash floating around police headquarters? Eish!

  • kwajo Spio - 2011-10-02 22:59

    I think we need to fire all intelligence bosses. How can protection, and intelligence system run like a clown show? First he did not know that wife is a drug dealer and now his men are day light rob. What a funny intelligence organization. I bet someone knew. The money must be pay back really, when the go to meetings or parties they use blue light and for this one the forget to he'll.

  • kwajo Spio - 2011-10-02 23:07

    When they go to an domestic complain the send 8 - 12 police vehicles but when they have to draw money use for intelligence secret only two guys go. Someone should be fired here. What inteligency they were doing because if this work is clean that mean someone knows about our so called inteligency unit day to day activities.

  • kwajo Spio - 2011-10-02 23:12

    Am look forward to hear what the big bosses are going to say hear. Someone need to make a movie about the inteligency unit of South Africa. I believe Jonny English is far better than this joke office.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-10-03 07:10

    I smell a rat

  • Blikskottel - 2011-10-03 07:22

    If this was not an inside job, then my ntonto is a 32kg barbel.

  • ndosithemba - 2011-10-03 08:05

    They did it again as usually the police .

  • BigMoose - 2011-10-03 08:21

    SAPS crime intelligence is an oxymoron. Stake out the bottle stores and butcher shops, because there is going to be a moerse braai at SAPS HQ.

  • buzz - 2011-10-03 08:34

    I reckon Cele was organising his retirement...

  • Agnostic - 2011-10-03 08:52

    RIGHT...They really want us to believe this story? HAHAHA...What a joke.

  • i.R.womble - 2011-10-03 08:52

    First of all to walk around with any amount of cash is dangerous, but R 2,2 mil. What a joke. Why don't they use Fidelity or similar. And to only have 2 people on it, definately inside job.

  • Rural Developer - 2011-10-03 08:53

    LOLOLOLOL. This is the best. 2 bar in cash for what? I wonder how many jobs could be created with that money...

  • Crabapple1 - 2011-10-03 09:01

    Hallo....DUUUUHHH. Since WHEN do you send 2 men to withdraw R2.2million from a bank???? No backup, no other bank security. Puleeeeze!!Definitely meant for the crime intelligence's secret (private) funds.Who are they fooling?

  • free-spirite - 2011-10-03 09:04

    Monitor these two cops for awhile and if he keeps getting cars from his long tym dead uncle that money was cashed n by the way how criminals know exactly wat tym the cash is gone get wirhdrawn....... Not but an inside critic.. My word the robbers you both share equally ne and keep some for the police guys once the case is thrawn out you both go share ne.......