9 in total held for Petros burglary

2011-06-27 12:44

Johannesburg - Eight people were arrested on Sunday night as part of the investigation into the burglary at provincial police commissioner Mzwandile Petros's house, a spokesperson said on Monday.

"Following the arrest of a 27-year-old Mamelodi suspect at a housebreaking in Bryanston on Saturday night, investigators have managed to arrest eight more suspects in a follow-up operation in Mamelodi last night [Sunday]," said Brigadier Neville Malila in a statement.

An earlier report said that a total of eight people were held for the burglary.

Those arrested, aged between 21 and 39, faced charges of "housebreaking, theft, possession of suspected stolen property and buying and selling of suspected stolen property", said Malila.

The police confiscated four plasma TVs, laptops, electronic equipment, portraits and several housebreaking equipment, including a bolt cutter and crowbar.

"One of the plasma screens was positively identified as the one taken in the robbery at the house of the Gauteng provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Petros on Friday night."

Burglars broke into Petros's home on Friday, 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.

  • Smaal - 2011-06-27 12:49

    How big was that Plasma? - 2011-06-27 13:23

      Not important .... it was previously stolen and sold to the commisioner or given as payback.

      Comrade Mike - 2011-06-27 13:34

      An Indian named HD Reddy was one of the people in possession of the Plasma TV.

      Logs01 - 2011-06-27 13:56

      Mmm, If all 9 are maybe ANC supporters, don't they have a "RIGHT" to take what they want? ANC gotto "share the wealth" Not so ? Maybe they get "issued" another 5 plasma TV's. Only "helped" themselves to 4 so far.

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-06-27 14:22

      @Comrade Mike: Classic joke...

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-06-27 14:23

      @Smaal: Must be seriously big if you need 9 okes to carry it!

  • Sit-hole - 2011-06-27 12:50

    Wow now its 9. talk about quick respons. If it was me I'd still be waiting for a case no.

      morentebo - 2011-06-27 12:59

      that's why communities take laws into their own hands(Mob Justice) not even 1 would have been caught if it was us

      Bill - 2011-06-27 13:16

      You mean still waiting for the police to arrive!

      Ann - 2011-06-27 13:22

      If there's one thing I have learned in life - do not mess about with the minions in any department, be it Telkom, Eskom or any other you can name. Aim for the top and make it as uncomfortable as possible for them as you can. Believe me, you will get a reaction faster than you think.

  • saabnut - 2011-06-27 12:51

    When its the police commissioner, the perps are caught literally within hours. How many non- striking, innocent breadwinning workers have been killed over the years by the COSATU affiliated thugs, and never a witness- never an arrest. Just like the health situation- the senior ANC bigwigs don't experience the real world- too ensconced in their gravy train carriages... Viva ANC- yeah right, some other millenium!

  • morentebo - 2011-06-27 12:53

    9 in total and they all came out with just plasma?

      Ripley - 2011-06-27 15:58

      This is SA, remember. Takes 1 to carry the thing and 8 to watch him.

  • NS082 - 2011-06-27 12:56

    At this rate we'll have all the crooks in the country in jail by the weekend?

  • Slapper - 2011-06-27 12:56

    Amazing how they can get it together for one of their own, but we can wait for year's, or never get justice

      Benny66 - 2011-06-27 13:36

      With their much spoken of work load one has to ask the question .... what has now been delayed for them to assign resources to this case - JUST BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THEIR OWN?

  • landy.adams - 2011-06-27 13:00

    quick as a wink! Nothing beats being a man of Govt to have the crooks caught so quickly.

      Blougroen - 2011-06-27 14:16

      Yeah - that probably explains why they havent caught anyone yet in the Selebi case that happened at the same time . . . .

  • crymash - 2011-06-27 13:06

    Its amazing how police are quick to respond when its a high profile person that's been victimised*disgusting*

  • Verbatim - 2011-06-27 13:14

    yep, quick result for a vip, but the pigs who kill farmers are never bought to justice. Our tax money well spent.

      Vincedust - 2011-06-27 13:32

      we just having a ucfk-up justice system i tell you.

  • dgee - 2011-06-27 13:16

    I wish they would treat all cases the same - they took every appliance from my house and none even showed to take a report or a fingerprint. We taxpayers who pay the salaries should get the star treatment. Now we can see that they can move quickly when they want to. Hopefully the Police Commissioner will realise now that no one escapes from crime and that something BIG has to be done to curtail it.

  • 300katoom - 2011-06-27 13:18

    And they will go straight to jail for a few years, while those that murder the ordinary person get out the next day

  • Ann - 2011-06-27 13:19

    Let's face it, there is no fun in this type of situation for anyone anywhere. However, I am amazed at the speed with which these arrests have happened. I am also taken aback at the amount of vehicles (20) reported on the radio that were outside the commissioner's house. Wouldn't it be great if all citizens enjoyed the same level of priority when they become victims of crime. There are many unsolved crimes that are of a much worse nature such as murder and rape that people never receive feedback on from the police. Let us all be treated equally in matters such as these.

      IQ - 2011-06-27 13:40

      Reminds of an article published previously by Tony Gladstone. Going to bed the other night, I noticed people in my shed stealing things. I phoned the police but was told no one was in the area to help. They said they would send someone over as soon as possible. I hung up. A minute later I rang again. “Hello,” I said, “I called you a minute ago because there were people in my shed. You don’t have to hurry now, because I’ve shot them.” Within minutes there were half a dozen police cars in the area, plus helicopters and an armed response unit. They caught the burglars red-handed. One of the officers said: “I thought you said you’d shot them.” To which I replied: “I thought you said there was no one available.”

  • Bongza.GP - 2011-06-27 13:20

    the police were quick to respond and arrested 1, the others ran away. once you have one, it is easy for him to pin-point where the others live.

      Mishka - 2011-06-27 13:27

      By your statement Bongza.GP, are we to commend the SAPS for their efficient and very quick reaction? That can be turned on it's face. Our robbery was reacted to within an hour of it happening. We also were able to provide the name, surname and telephone number of one of the perpetrators, as well as the area he resides in (to this day). They have STILL, 6 1/2 months later, not done a thing, not one single thing, further.

      Bongza.GP - 2011-06-27 14:07

      Sorry Mishka, but did they at least write something down, registered that thing in their incoherent filing system, gave you a docket number and helped out in the insurance claim? I was burgled into and there was not a single sign of how the thieves got in. Until today, 6 months later, I still do not know. Think it was through the ceiling. Cops helped on tips of "securing" the ceiling and even convinced the insurance, who wanted to repudiate my claim. Also, no arrests have been made. But you have to agree that giving out a phone number of a suspect is not the same as catching him in the act.

  • G4E - 2011-06-27 13:25

    They were not arrested. They have been invited to a "bosberaad" about "How to Maximize your Appointment without being Caught out". This follows the spate of arrests of Civil Servants for bribery and corruption. :)

  • Versace - 2011-06-27 13:25

    What's a bolt cutter and how does one prevent the bolts to be cut with this item?

      elbie - 2011-06-27 13:43

      Versace, seriously? What about a "crowbar"?

      Killroy2011 - 2011-06-27 13:45

      Google bolt cutter for more info on the subject or join the house breakers blog: your plasma TV googbye

      omrisho - 2011-06-27 15:52

      a pub where crows hang out... :P

  • John Galt - 2011-06-27 13:28

    Wow! One TV stolen and they take back four! That seems like justice....

  • Kale - 2011-06-27 13:29

    I'm sure as a police commissioner he steals more money than all 9 of the captives put together.

  • Vincedust - 2011-06-27 13:30

    do sum of you stil remember the book animal farm where the pigs changed the saying "all animals are equal" to "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others". i mean they broke into my place on a saturday afternoon but police came sunday morning and ask me me why did i clean up my place. how the hell should i wait 24hours and leave my place like it is for them to show up. i promise let them say 1 of the ministers cat got lost they'll put the police force or even the army to out to search for it. ja neh! we are enjoying freedom but others enjoy it better than others

  • Born To Fish - 2011-06-27 13:32

    And the F@#$Rs that robbed me is still out on foot!

  • Born To Fish - 2011-06-27 13:34

    What is also a joke is that the police commissioner has VIP protection assigned to him. Most probably a private firm as you can not trust the police

      cnA kcuF - 2011-06-27 13:46

      no doubt there will be millions spent on upgrading security at his house now - with our tax money!!

  • ReThan - 2011-06-27 13:38

    I got burgled last week Wednesday. Wish the cops had this reaction with me. Not even one person got caught or even suspected. Seems the law only applies to the higher MP's.

  • Nepster10 - 2011-06-27 13:40

    Robbing a police generals' home? They can easily lift the union buildings to Bloemfontein.

      Versace - 2011-06-27 13:42


  • Killroy2011 - 2011-06-27 13:42

    one of the plasma screens belongs to my neighbour here at Donkerhoek Pretoria (Near Mamelodi). They want it back but because the SAPS never arrived to take a statement or finger prints, they will just have to donate it to the SAPS auction as they have no case number. No body bothers these days to report a theft in this area. The cops never arrive. 20 cars outside his house and 9 suspects in 24hours. Must be another country not South Africa.

      coconuts - 2011-06-27 13:53

      How shocking - I am still waiting for SAPS to arrive after there was shooting outside my home and someone was in my courtyard. The person at the call center asked if I wanted someone to come "interview me" I said no I want the man removed from my courtyard - this was 3 years ago needless to say I am still waiting.

  • CliffB - 2011-06-27 13:51

    When It Is An ANC General - They move fast , but a normal citizen , takes years

  • Grant - 2011-06-27 13:55

    I remember when I was burgled 5 times in 6 months... each time the police arrested 5 people - so 25 all-in-all behind bars! Oh no wait, that's not what happened... The police rocked up ONCE, didnt even so much as look inside the house, and left. I guess I must have just caught the cops at a bad time... :s

  • skully - 2011-06-27 13:58

    Great work by the cops in catching 9 suspects. Pity they don't act with the same enthusiasm for crime commited against ordinary folk

  • Hrh - 2011-06-27 13:59

    wish the response was just as quick with normal tax paying citizens

  • ExRecce - 2011-06-27 14:12

    a Bee thatching company repaired 3 houses in our street including ours. Exactly 3 days after they finished the 3 house and got paid for it SOMEONE burgled the first house and violently beat up the residents. The second house was burgled and the residents violently beat up. My wife was held at gunpoint and robbed. The same car was spotted at all the robberies. The same MO was used. The same ammo was picked up at all three scenes. Now this was established by our neighbourhood security and handed to the cops (Clowns) The owner of the thatching co visited the area a year later in the same caar to enquire whether we needed any follow up repairs!!!!!! What did the cops do?????? F..ALL

  • Debonaire - 2011-06-27 14:22

    Is Petros getting company prefrence and discount???

  • Debonaire - 2011-06-27 14:25

    Do we have room in our jails ? AT this rate we will need a whole province under lock and key

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  • Bra Pat - 2011-06-27 14:33

    Criminals are too quick- b4 the police got there they were gone,B4 THIS STORY WENT TO THE PRESS THEY WERE OUT OF JAIL

  • Marius B - 2011-06-27 15:22

    My, how quick and thorough the police suddenly are when crime hits you this close to home, NOT TRUE, MR POLICE COMMISSIONER, SIR? The rest of us are left in the mire of a lawless society! Shame on you!

  • Openeyes - 2011-06-27 19:02

    How come it is so easy to catch nine?? people for a plain break-in and yet hardly any brutal murderers and rapists of farmers and the white community can be found??? Should we be reading a message here?

  • katySA - 2011-06-28 09:10

    Fantastic! Now how about finding the bastards that attacked me in my home 3 years ago! And finding my stolen goods would be great too!

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