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Crime hero himself a criminal

2012-07-24 10:21

Johannesburg - An unemployed man from Limpopo who arrested two suspected murderers, was himself a wanted criminal, according to a report in Monday.

Sipho Sebela, 23, of Burgersdorp, had been sought by police since 2007, reported Beeld newspaper.

In June this year, he witnessed an accident involving a police van which was transporting two accused in a murder case.

Sebela helped the injured policemen out of the crashed vehicle, and then used their handcuffs to cuff the two suspects in the back of the vehicle.

He also kept the policemen's service pistols and handed them over to officers who arrived at the scene outside Ritavi in Limpopo.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said that when the police asked him for his identity number after his heroic actions, he said he could not remember it.

Further investigations revealed that he allegedly stole a car in Tzaneen in 2007, and was also allegedly involved in two break-ins in 2008.

Sebela was arrested and refused bail.

Comments
  • JohanCduToit - 2012-07-24 10:31

    I hope they take this into account when they sentence him for the theft.

  • Tebz001 - 2012-07-24 10:36

    He should apply for medical parole

      pierre.scheepers.9 - 2012-07-24 11:26

      lol...funny stuff man. well done

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-24 10:38

    What a strategists, he was eliminating competition.clear signs that he is remorseful and doesnt want to live the life of crime...surely an opportunity presented itself were he could have obtained service pistols and pursue a life of crime.....

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-07-24 10:40

    Jaa... He now sees that crime does not pay and I think he is a former policeman. Because they arrest and commit at the same time.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 10:40

    there was a young man from limpopo who brought 2 killers to the popo but little did he know he's also a wanted ou i have no ideas how to finish my limerick hahahahah

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 11:22

      there was a young man from limpopo who brought 2 killers to the popo but little did he know he's also a wanted ou now hes got a record and must live like a hobo any new endings would be appreciated, mine needs work

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-07-24 11:57

      there was a young man from limpopo who brought 2 killers to the popo but little did he know he's also a wanted ou now hes got a record and must live like a hobo And along came Zuma with his African spear and whiped his little tear saying...Don`t worry my son. In jail you will enjoy dry bread and Joko.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 12:43

      man i love limpopo

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 12:48

      there was a young man from limpopo who brought 2 killers to the popo but little did he know he's also a wanted ou but in jail he'll enjoy dry bread and joko i do believe we have a winner hahaha

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-07-24 10:49

    I saw that venda guy on tv ,he doesnt look like a criminal more like a sugar cane farmer. So sad.

  • jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-24 10:56

    Robin Hood

  • Stormkaap - 2012-07-24 10:58

    One is never too bad to become good or too good to become bad.. I think the oke has turned a leaf

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-24 11:01

    That will count dearly in the mitigation. All the best since you seem like repented.

  • koo.doyle - 2012-07-24 11:03

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • lmapheto - 2012-07-24 11:08

    Mr. Sebela you are still a hero in my good books...In life its inherent that evil and good deeds will often prevail overlap...but one can only hope that the good can and will overshadow the evil...serve your jail term with pride knowing that you are a normal MAN. It will only be the unforgiving who will remember the evil over goodness. Your crimes are indicative of the social ills of our beloved country’s slow or no growing economy...Hang in there my brother God is with you. v

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-24 11:38

      Well said! His last brush with the law was in 2008, I would like to believe that he has received a certain degree of rehabilitation in the past four years if he's managed to keep his nose clean which is what prison is supposed to do. It would be good if he was given a suspended sentence and maybe community service! Worse criminals are receiving the presidential pardon every year only to be thrown back in after a week!

  • fran.aphane - 2012-07-24 11:09

    Oh shame, he should be forgiven because he seemed to have turned his way around and did good where he wan't expected to. Jackie Selebi just got forgiven, Schabir Shaik and others, even rapist got forgiveness recently but went on to prove the president wrong when they went back and committed the very same crimes they were convicted for. This guy didn't kill anyone, he didn't rape anyone, what is the price for a pardon that one has to pay in SA really?

  • Matthew - 2012-07-24 11:09

    He has made mistakes.if he can accept responsability for that,let him make ammends like he clearly did with assisting these police.If he didnt do anything for sake of his cover...two murders would have escaped... Give this man a chance.Make him a police officer

  • tommyunitedstates2 - 2012-07-24 11:12

    It’s rather amazing that in South Africa today despite the efforts of the policing system crime is still at its apex with almost three quarters of the private sector living off crime and crime related sources of income. It ‘s rather displeasing to find that when ever you take a look at the media, nothing comes up other than crime certainly varying in magnitude. Could this be as a result of cultural influence in the state for example The African culture where a man ought to be a good hunter and for him to win respect which is more often in existent and all the man fights for is people around him not respecting him but fearing him and for that to accrue he must kill or luck of social services, policing facilities, records and tracing organizations that can help organize but trace individual changing there residential address and establish to why this is being done, keep on record and govern the youth or luck of recreation facilities or their in affordability. Or the fact that most wealthy people in the country are being pointed fingers at and related to some of the most serious crimes the world can ever talk about ranging from robberies, murders, drug dealing, fraud and smuggling Cause with all that well organized and arranged sure crimes will be minimized. We sure wonder if correctional services ever tries to find out to why people committee the offenses the committee and, where patriotism has gone too and where our pride is?.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-24 11:24

    I think a suspended sentence will do , taking into cognisance that he seems to have mended his ways and is now able to assist law enforcement in crime prevention . Otherwise if he was still a criminal he would have steered clear of the capsized cop car or even worse released the detainees. Let's cut the man some slack

      gale.mokobokoa.1 - 2012-07-24 11:31

      i agree with that

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-24 11:33

    From hero to zero. And this will not win a good verdict for him in front of the judge unless it's a magistrate court.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-24 11:35

    he should be let off his previous crimes because here he saved lives and did the right thing - a suspended sentence would be goo - but jailing him will turn him into a worse criminal and he will never play 'good samaratin' again. Please people in our Government get away with more.

  • robert.laas.9 - 2012-07-24 11:39

    No crimes should go unpunished, he should pay for his mistakes. Ja he did a good thing, so after his time he does in jail because he's so willing to help, community service is in order.

  • babhekilem - 2012-07-24 11:41

    Mawa why did they want his ID No for? He helped them in their time of dispair or was he now nagging for a job at the saps? But still his good work mustnt be forgotten, he was declaired a hero on the day and heros has mistakes too....

  • cheslyn.francis - 2012-07-24 11:54

    No good deed I guess...goes unpunished lol!

  • mrp721 - 2012-07-24 12:14

    Chances are he knew the risk if he stuck around to hand over the weapons like he did that he could be caught, but he stayed anyway, I think a suspended sentence and let him go IF he hasn't done anything wrong since 2007/8.. Give him a chance...

  • naledi.morobi - 2012-07-24 12:22

    He needs to be pardoned and do community service.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-24 12:41

    Kick a man in the teeth while he is actually trying to mend his ways. Only he will know whether he has changed or not. Shame hope he gets a lesser sentence, at least he has tried. One rarely knows the reasons (story behind the story) why people do what they do.

  • justin.mugebe - 2012-07-24 13:34

    his good deeds overrides the past bad mistakes

  • tshepo.bogosi - 2012-07-24 13:38

    Now ds man deserves a free bail nd pardon without conditions

  • busicor.nel - 2012-07-24 17:11

    When I read some se comments I was shocked at the people who made it. How can you be sympathetic to this criminal. This is why criminals is playing golf instead of being in prison. If this person wanted to do the right thing he would have handed himself over for his crime. Good deeds don’t excuse bad deeds, so we steal and then redeem our self by helping someone. No he is a criminal on the run and should go to prison. If it was your house or vehicle he stole you would feel deferent. He acted like we all should act every day , give him a thank you letter and send him to jail.

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