Airport gang robs former minister

2013-07-21 14:09

Johannesburg - Former deputy finance minister Jabu Moleketi has been robbed by a gang which targets people leaving OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, the Sunday Times reported.

"Quite clearly, they were rushed. They just grabbed the suitcases," Moleketi was quoted as telling the newspaper about the attack at his home in Observatory on Saturday.

Moleketi, who chairs the Development Bank of Southern Africa, had returned from a G20 meeting in Russia on Saturday morning.

"Obviously, they followed us [from the airport]. As we entered our house, they blocked the sensor [of the gate] and ran out with guns."

Moleketi reportedly said the items stolen were worth about R70 000.

Police reportedly confirmed to the Sunday Times that an investigation was under way.

  • Walter Tgsa - 2013-07-21 14:20

    Not surprised, 'security' at OR Tambo is pathetic, despite all the police hanging around there, still illegal porters and taxi drivers and people who should not be there!

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-07-21 14:56

      Perhaps robbing a few more elite cadre's might well give them an insight as to what it is like living in the real SA. Perhaps too they will apply a zero tolerance policy to criminals who attack and rob individuals and businesses. Harass the criminals, check their bank accounts weekly, arrest them for any illegal action and basically make their lives miserable. It has worked in New York to bring the crime rate down by more than 50% over the past two decades.

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-21 15:51

      How does it feel to be treated like all other South Africans? Start doing something about crime then it will stop happening to everyone who lives here.

      OgaAt Dtop - 2013-07-21 16:03

      This happened to me in February except i was robbed by the taxi driver who picked me up at the Airport.I arrived from Lagos aboard an Arik Airlines flight and i believe the custom officer who checked my luggage tipped up off the taxi driver to approach me.I had some dollars on me which i declared,that must have definitely caught their eye. The Taxi driver approached me as soon as i got out of the airport and he was so polite and friendly.He was probably about of 40 years old.He pretended like his car was having some problems and drove me to a quiet spot. He calmly told me he was about to rob me,pointed a gun at me ,took my cellphone ,my dollars and my suitcase then zoomed off.It was so surreal,i felt like i was in a movie. Since then i don't carry much cash on me when i am coming to SA and just wire the money to myself from Nigeria and cash it at Travelex when i get here.I also call one of my trusted meter taxi drivers to pick me up at the airport.These syndicate have been operating for years at OR Tambo and i am not surprised that they have not been caught.Most of the immigration and customs officers are all involved in the syndicate. These days i take note of the names of each official who checks me at OR Tambo so i can point them out if something happens to me.I also don't put any valuable items in my check-in luggage as my luggage is always tampered with by the time i get to SA.It's sad really.

      JD Weilbach - 2013-07-21 16:07

      Welcome back to the hell-hole you and and your kind created yourself (ex-)Minister...

  • Abdullah Jassat - 2013-07-21 14:28

    its the custom or emigration officials that follow you to your car and then they tip off their guys. so next time you jump in your car see if anyone is watching you

      Rob Martin - 2013-07-21 16:42

      Happens to Domestic passengers as well... we got the same treatment from the cowards.. except they got off second best.

  • Lawrence Robert Atkinson - 2013-07-21 14:31

    A few suitcases = R70K?

      Alan Smith - 2013-07-22 12:39

      inside job. nice big insurance claim.

      Mohlomphehi Sompane - 2013-07-22 14:09

      they don't actually wear R500 suits. I'll bet one shirt roams somewhere around R2k. Shoes? don't even wanna think of the price of the suitcase itself.

  • Victor Thabang - 2013-07-21 14:34

    robbery is one of the serious case in s.a

  • yaya188 - 2013-07-21 14:35

    Its scary......I know its life, and crime is high, but one remains traumatized by the mere act, te idea that people follow you home and then attack.

  • Brendon Alberts - 2013-07-21 14:35

    Welcome to africa

      Citizen1 - 2013-07-21 15:40

      it means the criminals park around the airport, waiting.

      Walter Tgsa - 2013-07-21 15:50

      @citizen1: I am sure they do but there must be 'contacts' inside the terminal or luggage area, tipping them off. Don't think they just hit on 'sheer luck'? Remember why the customs forms 'disappeared' suddenly a few years ago, and the reason for that?

  • Ephraim Le-Nation - 2013-07-21 14:36

    few suitcases worth R70000, what are you carrying drugs mate?

      Michael Plant - 2013-07-21 15:00

      Probably expensive suits, laptop, iPad, cell phone, possibly jewelry he bought for his wife. Things can add up quick, especially if you can afford to buy expensive stuff while abroad.

  • John Tex - 2013-07-21 14:52

    R70,000. In a case Lots of Johnny walker Black oh sorry johnny walker Blue it's tax payers money it's like feeding strawberries to the pigs .....

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-21 15:55

      Smells like insurance fraud to me. Who carries that amount of stuff with them?

  • Keith Herdman Grant - 2013-07-21 14:56

    He must just remember the ANC said there is not a crime problem in SA so he cant complain

  • Edwin Chipungu - 2013-07-21 15:03

    The UNTOUCHABLE are TOUCHED...The poor and vulnerable are robbed everyday,this guy is robbed for the first time and its a headline.

  • Tshepo Seepe Semenya - 2013-07-21 15:06

    Welcome to the real South Africa. This is what ordinary South African go through daily. Maybe this time around something will be done.

  • Joey Gwangwa - 2013-07-21 15:16

    My cousin who is meter taxi was hit two months ago by the same gang in the premises of the lodge as he drops his clients,never read about his story in the papers because he is an ordinary citizen.

  • Citizen1 - 2013-07-21 15:42

    probably the gang parks around the airport, looking for possible victims.

  • Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-21 15:53

    Why is this news? It happens to millions of South Africans daily. O, now I remember, it is because they robbed the wrong person. Speaking about biting the hand that feeds them. Why will crime end if the Government look the other way when crime affects ordinary South Africans?

  • Ronald Langeveld - 2013-07-21 16:12

    About time our current corrupt "government officials" get a taste of their own medicine to see what's happening in the very country they run.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-07-21 16:24

    Join the Status Quo.

  • Luanda Gqirana - 2013-07-21 16:24

    Not all government officials are corrupt even in the ANC. those goods that were stolen were not bought with stolen money. People please change your attitudes. Sometimes it takes a well known person to publish a story.

  • Elkita Robbertse - 2013-07-21 17:09

    Please robbers let us know by some way what was in the suitcases that was worth was worth 70K

  • Israel - 2013-07-21 17:12

    The BIGGEST THIEF OF SA = ZUMA should be robbed

      Amanda Felton - 2013-07-22 14:44


  • marina.poniatowska - 2013-07-21 17:14

    Items worth R70000 in luggage. All my furniture in my house isn't worth that much.

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-21 18:14

    This has been happening for years against innocent people but when a top member is involved,the media and government expect more information and the law to take its case, citizens live with crime on a regular basis

  • Jamblik Bartlowitz - 2013-07-21 18:42

    Well done to that gang. Let them feel how it feels to be a victim, the whites in this country are being slayed by black people like animals and nobody cares. Where are all the people who killed farmers?

      Jones Malwela Mosima - 2013-07-21 21:12

      You small skinny leprotic rat, stop right there. You must go away with your racism comments,we don't need them here,not here.

      Mamoshiane Moganedi - 2013-07-22 06:09

      wake up Boeta.Crime is like disease does't have a race.

      Thabang Joseph Tshabalala - 2013-07-22 07:59

      Sound like your head is full of ganja Jamblik,,crime affect every1 so go away with ur racism comments,,,u so pathetic mxm

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-21 19:24

    Serves him right. Feel what the SA citizens go through every day!

  • Makhosonke Nkosi - 2013-07-21 19:29

    Some of the comments herein are clearly from the most naive citizens of SA. Crime affects everyone, I have been robbed countless times actually every year I experience not less than two break inns in my house, funny enough my home is surrounded by white owned households, my next black neighbour is three streets away, but I have never suspected any of them including the racists that open their gates for dogs to bite at my kids whenever they come from school. So stop the BS of racism, you can still comment on news24 that means you're alive.

  • Sun Mun - 2013-07-21 19:57

    Haha this are rabis south african.nobody Safe.

  • Frans van Tubbergh - 2013-07-21 20:12

    Welcome in the real South Africa..............

  • Jan Brand - 2013-07-21 20:20

    Stolen stuff declared at the airport? I think not.

  • Elkita Robbertse - 2013-07-21 23:14

    I don't think he was robbed.That is why he says it was at his house.No witnesses

      Amanda Felton - 2013-07-22 14:45


      Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-07-23 07:26

      Elkita I have seen this Happen they follow u from the airport to your gate is their talent unfotunatley they don't chose whom they rob

  • Sisie Indola - 2013-07-22 08:46

    Why are we complaining - it is thanks to the current government in charge that criminals are rife in this country, i mean what do you expect when the country is run by criminals. And besides didn't our dearly beloved president say not too long ago that there is no problem with crime in this country - its called spreading the wealth.

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-07-22 11:10

    The poor are "taking" back from the rich...

  • Sontshatsha Kwezi - 2013-07-22 11:41

    That's what I call a redistribution of South Africa's income. The boys took back what he stole from us while he was in the government. He was part of the ANC government that is consistently lying about crime statistics on our streets. I so wish it was Gwede Mantashe.

  • Tawizee - 2013-07-22 13:37

    I shed no tears. Welcome to (real) South Africa Mr minister.

  • Salomé Van Rensburg Bezuidenhout - 2013-07-22 13:52

    My first question, was the R70 000 items declared at custums? Just wonder:)

      Iain McDougall - 2013-07-22 15:51

      Good point

  • Amanda Felton - 2013-07-22 14:41

    aij....what next. looking for refund and money again....SETUP AGAIN

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-07-23 07:21

    Crime has no color or creed they just rob just a taste of how we feel on ground minister

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