Diamonds crook charged with ‘blue light’ robbery

2011-05-07 00:00

CONVICTED criminal Mobeen Ganie was charged with robbing a driver for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu of his cellphone after allegedly flashing a blue light to pull him over.

Ganie was to appear in court yesterday, but the case has been postponed for further investigation.

Ishmael Nxumalo, who was off duty at the time of the alleged incident, says he was leaving a local gambling venue when Ganie, who was also at the venue, followed him in his own car.

As Nxumalo passed the boom gate, Ganie allegedly flashed a blue light forcing him to stop.

“I believed he was a police officer and as he got to my car he demanded my driver’s licence. I asked him ‘What for?’ while I was giving it [the cellphone] to him anyway.

“He replied that I was driving recklessly and the offence would cost me R5 000. He asked me how much I had and I told him I had nothing.

Nxumalo said he was shocked when the “officer” grabbed his cellphone from his hand, before returning to his car.

He became suspicious when the man opened his vehicle to get inside and wrote down the registration number.

Ganie drove off and Nxumalo phoned the Road Traffic Inspectorate to check the registration number, which was traced to Ganie.

He laid charges with the Alexandra Road police station, which led to Ganie’s arrest on Wednesday.

In 2003 Ganie was granted R1 000 bail by a magistrate’s court after he was alleged to have stolen a laptop belonging to then Witness managing director Piet le Roux.

The laptop went missing from the company offices after Ganie attended a function at the business with friends. The computer was later returned, minus several files of information.

In 2009 Ganie pleaded guilty to possession of illegal diamonds worth about R69 000 and 0,31 grams of cocaine. He was fined R30 000 (or three years’ imprisonment), half of which was conditionally suspended for five years. He was fined R1 000 or 12 months’ imprisonment for the cocaine.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the laptop case was struck off the roll due to incomplete investigation.

She said all the allegations will be investigated and the case will be brought back to court.

2003: Stolen laptop found in Ganie’s possession — R1 000 bail, case later withdrawn due to incomplete investigation.

2009: Ganie pleads guiilty to possession of diamonds and cocaine — fined R31 000.

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