7 held after Petros home burgled

2011-06-27 10:30

Johannesburg - Gauteng police arrested seven people in a sting operation in Mamelodi, Pretoria, as part of the investigation into the burglary at provincial police commissioner General Mzwandile Petros's house, a spokesperson said on Monday.

"Homes in the Mamelodi area were searched last night [Sunday]. Seven people were arrested after a follow-up investigation," said Brigadier Neville Malila.

"Some were arrested for the possession of stolen property. The police found various plasma screens and electrical equipment in their possession.

"One was identified as the [possible] plasma screen taken from the commissioner's house."

He said the operation came after the police questioned the Mamelodi man who was arrested on Sunday in connection with the burglary of Petros's home in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg.

Malila said it was not yet clear how many of the seven people arrested could be linked specifically to the Petros burglary.

Detectives were still investigating and questioning those arrested.

Burglars broke into Petros's home on Friday night, stealing a plasma television screen and other appliances.

He was not at home at the time, but his wife was. The burglars fled when she activated the alarm.

Police have said the burglary was not linked to a weekend break-in at the home of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

  • pensioner - 2011-06-27 10:37

    Amazing how quick the Police can react when it is one of their own. Let one of us mere mortals be robbed and all you get is a case number for insurance purposes and you never hear from them again.

      Celt - 2011-06-27 10:50

      Yeah interesting isn't it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BOY30 - 2011-06-27 10:55

      Double standard. All animals are equal but some are more equal than others. If this approach can be followed on all cases then crime will be drastically reduced. - 2011-06-27 11:30

      What surprises me is the fact that the SAPS can actually get the job done if they want to !, for the rest of us normal human beings - they could not give a stuff.

      Hunter 008 - 2011-06-27 12:24

      Don't be so Negative !! Not all is Bad !!

      Dave - 2011-06-27 12:41

      took the words out my mouth

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 12:42

      There is the racial aspect to catching criminals. Some black cops are really not interested when the victim is white, you can see it in the slack attitude of the person taking down the " details " @ the station. You just KNOW that the investigation is not really going to be a commited one.

  • daboss247365 - 2011-06-27 10:43

    Well doen to the SAPS. note to those stating that this was only due to it being the commissioners stuff: it was only after they found the stolen goods, did they link one of the TV's to the commissioner incident. Good work men & women in blue :)

      fotre - 2011-06-27 10:47

      Lights on, but theres nobody home dumb ass.

      Smaal - 2011-06-27 10:55

      WOW, now tell me, why can’t they solve farm murders that fast?

      Badballie - 2011-06-27 10:58

      It also says that the arrests etc were made after a man was questioned in connection with the Petros theft you dumb ass

      Mectza - 2011-06-27 11:00

      Uhm, which part of "police arrested seven people in a sting operation in Mamelodi, Pretoria, as part of the investigation into the burglary at provincial police commissioner General Mzwandile Petros's house" makes you think that it was NOT "only due to it being the commissioners stuff"???

      daboss247365 - 2011-06-27 12:39

      Ok Ok, I give up lol, appologies there laddies, take it easy... but hey, good work all the same, least these demons were caught (Should have been destroyed though)

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-27 10:45

    Amazing. Top cop gets burgled and the police go ballistic. I guess Petros is mighty p!ssed off.

  • Andriette - 2011-06-27 10:45

    I am still waiting for feedback on getting the burglars that broke into the house and made of with my car, TV and other electronics. Maybe it's because I am not politically important enough. At least they dumped my car...

  • TRiP - 2011-06-27 10:48

    I had an armed robbery at my house in 2007, I am still waiting for the sketch artists to arrive. It is a pity that REAL Tax payers don't get the same service as the criminals that *run* this country do. pffft!

      ariete - 2011-06-27 12:13

      I was attacked in 2006 (attempted rape and murder according to an advocate). The police had to be dragged frpm Brixton to Garden City by hospital security to open a case. Booysens came 10 days later and threw my case away (illegal). Forget about collecting any evidence. I tried to escalate the case to no avail. I am very sure who did it, he is in jail for life (x5), but when I wanted resolution the chief magistrate at Joburg court laughed at me because they don't let serious criminals out of jail for retrial because they escape from court ! Unfortunately all his other victims are dead. As they say, justice for all

  • ShanMo - 2011-06-27 10:50

    Lovely. Last year in December my house was broken into and a lot stolen. The police refuesed to come and investigate until they had a car available, even though I live 50m from the police station. When they did - it was for a quick look and they promised to return the next day before 4:00 pm for a full investigation. 7 months later - I am still waiting for their arrival, and they have ignored every message left for them. A man hunt was launched within a few hours of this citizen's house being bloken into and 7 now arrested. What I ask is - is the safety and security of citizens of the country unequal? Surely the consitituion makes sure that we are all treated equally in terms of police (and other) service provision. Clearly not! Can I expect a full investigation into my break in - definately not gonna happen. Appaling! Why I am happy that these guys have been arrested - I am appauled that victims are not treated equally in terms of the dedication by SAPS to catching them. Perpahs somebody from SAPS would like to comment?

      Plato - 2011-06-27 11:05

      I do agree that we are equal citizens but what message are we sending to the criminals if they break in at the commissioner’s house and get away with it..? Swift action was needed and now the commissioner has first hand experience of all the other “equal” citizens – maybe this is what he needed to get the message!

      NewsICON - 2011-06-27 11:33

      Send a complaint to the Independant complaints directorate.. then watch the sparks fly.

      Mmoledi - 2011-06-27 12:07

      That is true what you are saying sister, for an ordinary citizens to be helped with flying colours by police is some thing that we do not know for sure especially us ordinary citizens, I have seen that lot of times happening people open cases or report crime to the police and they took their time to go and investigate the matter it takes them months to do that some times they do nothing, but if this happened to their fellow police officer within an hour they are at the scene doing their best and within months suspects are caught but us people whom they should serve with distinctions they ignore us they rather provide us with poor bad service, so now is the time the minister of police and government to up their socks and transform the police department to be effective and abide by the constitution and stop doing their own things but serve citizens of this country.

  • Niekie - 2011-06-27 10:58

    So why does he get preferencial treatment? Some sub-human apes broke into my house 2 months ago. No response yet from the SAPS? Bunch of lazy, overweight, corrupt fools!

  • Janine - 2011-06-27 10:59

    If the general public could get this kind of response to crime then I'm sure that things would improve in this country.

      Kate - 2011-06-27 14:14

      You are so polite and pleasant.

  • ParaBat1 - 2011-06-27 11:18

    I hope the saps will run a sting opp. next time my house gets burgeld. Or do they save tehre resoces for when the comm's house gets burgeld.

  • William - 2011-06-27 11:21

    This scambacks have no fear. They do not even hesitate to take the action to the strongman himself. I am shocked. I think the way they operate they can even break in the highest office of the President. This guys they have this mentality that during winter people are reluctant to wake up as they feel cold and that is when they come in.

      Ilse de Beer - 2011-06-27 17:50

      what the hell "scambacks" did you mean scumbags...? ;o)

  • MR67 - 2011-06-27 11:21

    My dad was murdered on a plot in Muldersdrift in January. The investigating officer promised us weekly updates but of course we have heard nothing to date. We weren't even given a case number. Surely a crime should be afforded priority according its severity and not the 'importance' of the individual(s) it is committed against? We definitely have our priorities wrong in this case.....

      liesl - 2011-06-27 13:30

      :( So sorry about your loss.

      MR67 - 2011-06-27 13:45

      Thanks Liesl....

  • Judith - 2011-06-27 11:28

    The reason that these arrests have occurred so quickly is that ADT were working in the Bryanston area and arrested one of the perpetrators with stolen items in his vehicle. This resulted in the police being able to track and trace the rest of them. The close working relationship, being built in the Sandton Policing Precinct between SAPS, the security companies and the public through the community police forum, is truly showing the benefits that such relationships create. I would urge others to work in the same way. We also have a strong domestic watch.

      Plato - 2011-06-27 12:35

      Still burgled the commissioner's house though...

  • anti crime - 2011-06-27 11:33

    Not linked my @ass,i don't trust the SAPS as far i can see them...corrupt to the bone i say.

      nic - 2011-06-27 11:58

      I completely agree. I have absolutely zero confidence in SAPS. They have never done anything when I needed them. They are dumb and useless.

  • Tonsil - 2011-06-27 11:39

    Hang a box of KFC from your garden gate if you want the cops to investigate a robbery

  • Mmoledi - 2011-06-27 11:54

    This shows clearly that security of this country is not up to scratch, whereby criminals are showing that clearly by not targeting ordinary citizens but high profile people in order to show that there is nothing our police and government are doing in order to reduce crime in this country and again fight it, that is a sign that it is not going down but increasing in such a way that it had just shifted only its operational position from ordinary citizens to well known and high profile people and as such it shows clearly that we are in danger of criminals in this country as they do as they wish.It is for the government to stop their pride and restore some of Defence force operations they found doing when they too government in 1994 in order to fight crime best and for soldiers to assist in doing that, for example use of soldiers to patrol within the country and borders of this country also in order to deter criminals and if a person caught by soldiers then be handed to the police with proper investigations and conviction because most of the time the police can not make patrols all day as they had to do other duties by helping people and attending to crime scenes and other scenes. Let SANDF help the police if not using infantry to patrol, then military police can be used as they also know police procedures in terms of arresting and testifying before the court of law, while after the arrest as this is not their original duty, hand the suspect to the police with docket they opened

  • nic - 2011-06-27 11:55

    wow. amazing how quickly they jump when their boss is affected by crime. But when average citizens are affected and plead for help they are too busy with casual conversations in police stations. I was recently witness to this and was disgusted.

  • nyatiphotography - 2011-06-27 11:55

    Amazing how quick they react when their boss gets burgled - makes you think does it not!!

  • Deeteem - 2011-06-27 11:57

    There is still something about these "robberies" that is not lekker !!!!!

  • Mr Gus - 2011-06-27 11:58

    High profile crime = quick arrest,conviction. Joe public crime = no arrest, no conviction,no leads or follow ups.

  • Gavin - 2011-06-27 12:02

    The only time the government is interested in you is when you have a ballot paper in your hands. The day after the elections it's BOHICA time: bend over there it comes again.

  • nic - 2011-06-27 12:03

    When I reported theft out of my bag at the airport recently, the inspector called me the next day and said: Well, I have looked in the "lost and found" section and did not find your stolen items"... I was actually speachless... Great police work moron! But on the night, everyone was too busy talking and stuffing their face with pies in the police station to actually go and do anything about it.

  • Totman - 2011-06-27 12:15

    Out of this report I have learned 3 things. 1. The police knows were to go and look for stolen stuff. 2. They found more than what they were looking for. 3. Knowing where to go and look[not at the neighbor] and realized that they could solve more cases [due to the plenty stolen stuff found] by just searching houses, they still don't do it accept when it is their bosses stuff. To us, normal South Africans, their first question is if you are insured. They than give you a number that is valid for an insurance claim. END OF STORY!!!

  • Voorvel - 2011-06-27 12:15

    Petrus (sic) have a plasma screen? Good for him. Mamelodi is a nest of crime hide outs. 5 years later and my armed robbery yielded nothing, even after all was caught and an ID parade was held. Only stuff of R450000 was stolen. 2 guns which was recovered in Mams (SAP members house). Malema must watch out - the Mams Squad know he has plenty moola and 4 plasmas!!!! Arm yourself, my brother

  • tony.antunes2 - 2011-06-27 12:28

    There are about 4million whites in SA. Around 40million blacks. Many whites are actually poor. Even rape and murder occurs among blacks in relatively equal proprtions. What if it was Hendrik Verwoerd? How fast would action take place then? Maybe there would be no need for Court hearings then?

  • Ogre - 2011-06-27 12:40

    I was robbed of R18 000 just outside of the Steers accross from Marula Sun by 2 men. They ran away and I managed to note the number plate of the vehicle they drove away in. I phoned a friend that works at a SAPS Criminal Record Centre who traced the number for me. The vehicle was a government vehicle allocated to the Soshanguve SAPS. I went to lay a charge and even identified the one suspect, an inspector that was on duty at the time of the robbery and had also signed the identified vehicle out. I also reported the case to the anti-coruption unit to make doubly sure. I is 6 years and one interiew later, and nothing has happened since. Not even a copy of the CCTV footage that featured the whole of the event at the shopping centre where the event took place was requested.

  • wimpie007 - 2011-06-27 12:41

    my goat was stolen by some idiots in 2008, the police got there in twenty minutes and just laughed about why we have a goat at a residential property and then asked if we trying to start a farm, the one guy even offered to introduce me to someone that was selling sheep. but when my car got stolen they came two hours late. Pity...They still havent found my goat. he was a special guy. even followed me around like a dog.

  • Majozi - 2011-06-27 12:42

    @ansunette. What you just said is a load of your own sh#t.There are so many White thieves around the world.My neighbour at work is White and she was robbed by Whites at her Doornpoort house.So get a life and read.

  • DubulaAMABUNU - 2011-06-27 12:52


  • Denise - 2011-06-27 12:58

    Oh my gosh! All these resources for a burglary and they can't even gear themselves up to investigate the countless murders in our country. R.I.P. SHAUN PHILIP WILSHIRE MURDERED ON 23/09/2003 YOUR GOVERNMENT TOOK YOUR TALENTS AND YOUR TAXES AND COULD NOT GIVE A DAMN TO FIND YOUR KILLERS!

  • Badger - 2011-06-27 13:05

    These pricks never launched any "Sting Operation" when my place was robbed, or my car stolen. Think I need to apply for a J.O.B. in guvernmUnt !!!

  • Badger - 2011-06-27 13:18

    These pricks never launched any "Sting Operation" when my place was robbed, or my car stolen. Think I need to apply for a J.O.B. in guvernmUnt !!!

  • Peed off - 2011-06-27 15:12

    It is amazing as you say when it is one of their own. My son was murdered nearly seven years ago and not a single suspect was ever arrested or charged. The local where the incident took place, said "speak to the police they were there", implying that they were invovled. When we went to the police station a few days later to collect my sons car, full of bullet holes, they said that they knew nothing about the murder and it was not even recorded in the Occurence Book.

  • Peed off - 2011-06-27 15:24

    Is that not amazing. My son was murdered seven (7) years ago and some of the suspects (4), the locals where the incident took place, suggested that the police were invovled. They said we should ask the police as they were there. NOT ONE PERSON out of a total of 8 attackers involved was ever arrested or charged. In fact when we treid to follow up the case, there was not even an entry in the local police station occurence book.

  • wisegirl - 2011-06-28 08:47

    Great, Petros gets robbed and with a stroke of luck for the rest of us who get robbed on a weekly basis , some of oiur stuff is also recovered. Let's hope we get the chance to claim it before it diappera from the police station.

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