Acting magistrates held for armed robbery

2012-04-05 13:01

Johannesburg - Two acting magistrates have been arrested for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery, police said on Thursday.

The two allegedly robbed a scrap metal company in Krugersdorp of more than R100 000 on March 24, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

Three men posing as police officers apparently pretended to be investigating a case at a second-hand scrap dealer in Luipaardsvlei.

"They were driving a Honda Civic motor, dressed in private clothes wearing police reflective jackets and police caps," Mogale said.

One of the men produced a police identity card.

"They initially pretended to be investigating a case, but then robbed the manager and staff members of approximately R110 000 cash, cellphones and a private firearm."

On Wednesday, an off-duty police officer spotted the vehicle used in the robbery. The vehicle was stopped, and its two occupants, who were found to be acting magistrates from Brits and Ga-Rankuwa, were arrested. The vehicle was stolen in Linden last year.

Beeld reported that the arrested men were also partners at a Roodepoort law firm.

One of the men arrested was taken to a local hospital for medical tests, after he claimed that police had hit him on the head during his arrest, the newspaper reported.

Mogale said the men would appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of armed robbery, possession of a hijacked vehicle and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-05 13:13

    Republic of Comedy Central

  • Prometheus - 2012-04-05 13:25

    You gotta be kidding! As partners in a law firm they would no doubt be attorneys, too. So, here we have two magistrates who are also lawyers impersonating police in the commission of serious crimes. How does this country manage to hold up its head in the international community with this level of banana republicanism saturating civic life?

  • Sharon - 2012-04-05 13:37

    If they can pose as police officers, they can pose as lawyers too!! Someone had better scrutinise their credentials, I think they have lucky-packet degrees.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-05 13:39

    How much lower can this country go! Now thousands will be wasted on re-opening all the cases they worked on! These thugs should be made an example of and do life!

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-04-05 13:42

    Is this why there is a call for the judiciary to be more representative of the 'racial demographics' of the nation, so that every profession can get in on the act of wanton looting, looting etc? just wondering..

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-04-05 13:47

    Is this why there is a call for the judiciary to be more representative of the 'racial demographics' of the nation, so that every profession can get in on the act of wanton looting, theft, etc? just wondering..

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-04-05 13:52

    @Hadebe. Spoken like a true comrade. The fact that you blame another racial grouping for the crime, shows a very myopic and narrow racist view, devoid of the acceptance of any responsibility. what do you propose? a state of anarchy where the one racial group can do what they like because it is not their fault and thus one cannot blame them or hold them accountable?? ps. maybe you are also an acting magistrate.......

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-05 13:52

    I guess they never sent anyone to jail whilst acting as magistrates, otherwise they would be awaited in prison!

  • Sid - 2012-04-05 13:57

    If you are ever charged with a criminal offence, guilty or not...may you never have to appear before these magistrates. You could find yourself doing a life-sentence for speeding...Amazing how much power and authority is dished out without discretion or screening. Selebi...Cele...Malema...etc

  • Kenneth - 2012-04-05 14:01

    Well you remember when the judge points his finger at you in court! He says this is my court room I will tell you I will point this finger to who I want to! You can't point a finger at a judge lol!! Where is the finger pointing to know???

  • hilton.baartman - 2012-04-05 14:24

    The comments on here are just amazing. Two things folks, nowhere in the article is 1) race mentioned, and 2) political affiliation nor how these 'acting' magistrates got appointed. All kinds of assumptions and conclusions have been jumped to here. *sigh*

      Clive - 2012-04-05 14:31

      Hilton, surely you dont have to be a rocket scientist. In newspaper reportage these days race is deliberately withheld. If they were white it would have been mentioned or a hint would have been given by publishing their names. All jokes aside now, this is disgusting and they qualify for the harshest punishment. Our keepers and enforcers of peace, safety and security have turned on us. By all humanitarian and UN standards this constitutes a failed state.

      hilton.baartman - 2012-04-05 14:43

      Clive, I blame the Eskom price increase and the fuel price hikes!

  • odupreez - 2012-04-05 14:25

    Which Law firm in Roodepoort is this , are they not corrupt as well ?, stealing the public blindly like grant monies, 3rd party monies, medical claim monies --- all transactions at this firm MUST be investigated as well !!! - the firms transaction should be placed on urgent hold as these guys ARE PARTNERS.

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-04-05 14:28

    It is so disgusting that magistrates (acting) who are supposed to uphold the law committing crime and then what's worse, they were posing as fake policemen to commit such crime, painting the already failing confidences of the public for the police even more grime. These guys should be sentenced to life (just like the murderer of a farmer who received life sentences because other farm workers were out of the job because this farmer was killed), because they knew and were supposed to uphold the law and broke the law for self enrichment!

  • Crracker - 2012-04-05 14:36

    Life imprisonment will be just about the right sentence for the two scumbags. We know the legal system is under suspicion and for good reasons. The two snot balls have taken the distrust in the system to a new level. Is there now no room left for a presumption in our ordinary people's minds of decency and honesty among the holders of positions at all levels in our legal system? The police should have knocked the head of that rubbish in but just so much that he can still stand trial and spend (hopefully) the rest of his earthly existence in a prison cell. He is probably preparing the ground for later allegations that the police forced him into making admissions/confessions/pointings out. Hope the police video tape everything so that at least something of our taxes will not be taken up by an unnecessary long trial.

  • Bobo - 2012-04-05 14:47

    Beeld reported initially that the police are searching for the vehicle`s ownner beliieved to be a senior police official. The said officer is missing....There may yet be another twist in this sickening story.

  • Polotic - 2012-04-05 15:19

    There must be a movie in there somewhere. Reminds me of the Keystone Cops of a bygone era...!!! Quite funny if it wasn't so serious.

  • Leon - 2012-04-05 15:57

    How can these scumbags be allowed to pass judgment on other criminals if they themselves are guilty of crimes? Who do the represent if they are partners in a law firm,....can only be criminals....not innocent people,.....and the public who the represent is supposed to have faith in these scumbags opinions and judgment. GOD.....HELP US!!!!!!!!!

  • hein.huyser - 2012-04-05 21:18

    No ways this will stick? Are these guys looking for a position in the cANCer or what? Just getting the credentials in order

  • Raj - 2012-04-05 21:44

    Sorry folks, This was supposed to be an April Fools joke.

  • Raj - 2012-04-05 21:49

    GOD BLESS THE INNOCENT PEOPLE, PLANTS AND ANIMALS of this beautiful country, from people like these.

  • Raj - 2012-04-05 21:58

    LMFAO, A good start would be to jail the person that passed them for the profession as this could be fake that caused this situation which is fit for the Guinesse book of world records. Congrats SA you have the first entry in this category.

  • Raj - 2012-04-05 22:31

    On a serious note, South Africa is a beautiful country, it's a great pitty that people of evil character bring down this country. From President, Minister, Judges, Lawyers, Police officials, Priests, School Principals, Heads of Departments, Teachers, Parents amongst other reputed persons have brought shame to this country and the citizens that live here. Pray people pray harder than ever before the DEVIL and GREED is taking over this beautiful country of ours. The TRUE purpose of man on earth is being defeated as most humans spend their lives chasing after the material world trying their level best to make the most amount of money, yet when anyone dies what do they really take with them. Nothing, yes Nothing besides the good deeds they did on earth as originally expected by GOD. So if these acting judges did the crime they must do the time. In fact, one should add up all the jail time that they passed onto other criminals whilst acting as judges and double the total as a sentence for these acting judges for the crime committed.

  • Raj - 2012-04-05 22:49

    \April Fools\ joke. Rather late than never.....

  • Täffåz - 2012-04-06 08:27

    One would have no option but 2 be left perplexed!!a gang of 2 self proclaimed wanna be magistrates implicated in a robbery!!!flabbergasting'*#

  • Täffåz - 2012-04-06 08:28

    One would have no option but 2 be left perplexed!!a gang of 2 self proclaimed wanna be magistrates implicated in a robbery!!!flabbergasting'*#

  • Colleen - 2012-04-06 08:54

    Makes you think how criminals are not found guilty. The judges are their buddies.........!!!

  • Zion - 2012-04-06 10:50

    Just another day in South Africa. If cops can rob they why not magistrates and judges and other vermin.

  • Trevor - 2012-04-06 12:40

    The ANC will prevail.One will get out on bail and sit in judgement of the other and then vice versa.

  • Timothy - 2012-04-07 10:32

    They will win this case on technicalities. They only have to say the police did not read them their right and waste a year trying to prove that and eventually throw away the case.

  • Anthony - 2012-04-09 09:14

    Take a good look mr Zuma. This is happening while you want secrecy bills and behind the scenes politics. Is there not young politician to change things? The way we go, we will be a land of crooks and liars. Has anyone the guts to be truthful to the people? When thieves and thugs are on the bench mr Zuma, what else do we expect to our society?

  • Stuart Shaw - 2014-06-28 10:14

    The example was set by JZ!

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