Cop’s daughter shows off looted goods on Facebook

2014-07-20 15:00

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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.

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