Councillor by day, highway robber by night?

2014-03-02 14:01

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By day, Precious Poppy Tau is an ANC councillor in Middelburg.

But by night, she’s allegedly an armed robber targeting hitchhikers on highways between Middelburg and Springs.

Captain Khanyisile Zwane, a spokesperson for the Middelburg Police Station, said Tau was accused of robbing several women along the highways last year.

The ward councillor for ­Mhluzi in Middelburg allegedly ­offered her ­victims a lift before brandishing a gun and robbing them.

Zwane said: “One of the complainants saw her in Middelburg after the incident and found out she was a councillor. She then immediately went to police. The ­other woman took her registration number and ­reported the incident to the police.”

Tau and her husband were arrested two weeks ago and face three charges of assault and armed robbery.

They are due to apply for bail in the Springs ­Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The couple is being ­detained in Springs because there are two other complaints against them there, police said.

In these cases, they are charged with robbing two women on the N12 near Springs in December.

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality spokesperson Prudence Magutle said they would wait for the police to finish their investigation and then conduct an ­internal investigation.

Busisiwe Paulinah Ndala, the ANC’s chief whip in the municipality, said she was shocked and wondered whether Tau was drunk when the incidents allegedly occurred.

“I know Tau. She wouldn’t do something like that. It’s a conspiracy against her. She must come back and do her work.”

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