Cops aid Midrand robbers - victim

2012-10-24 10:58

Johannesburg - A legal adviser was robbed at gunpoint at his home in Blue Hills, Midrand, apparently with the help of police, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Raymondt Dicks was at his home with his son and friend on Saturday when six men stormed into the house and tied them up.

Dicks is a legal adviser to the group NewERA (New Economic Rights Alliance), which has launched a court case against four major banks in the country including SA Reserve Bank. He is also representing author Michael Tellinger, who is suing Standard Bank for civil fraud.

The newspaper reported that the video footage caught on hidden cameras showed what appeared to be three police cars, two vans and one Ford Escort, driving backwards and forwards on the 600m-long street while the robbery took place.

"They walked in with no shame. It was extremely well orchestrated. What I went through during the robbery was bad enough, but when I watched the footage afterward I was really shocked," said Dicks.

He said the footage showed police vans blocking the road while the robbers entered his property.

The Star reported that Dicks and his son were made to hand over their bank cards and their PINs, and their bank accounts were cleared out. A television set, speakers, amplifier, computer and cell phones were also taken.

The legal adviser believed the police vehicles were loaded with items stolen during the robbery.

Police spokesperson Constable Matome Tlamela said police were investigating a case of armed robbery.

She said the video footage did not show clearly that the vans involved belonged to the police.

  • lionel.holder - 2012-10-24 11:16

    It is not the first and defenitley not the last time cops will assist the criminals expecially in JHB!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-24 11:17

    I don't know how one can 'not be sure' about a police van, they are all marked clearly and have blue lights, nothing confusing about that. I am yet to see an 'unmarked' police van. What bugs me is the Ford Escort, must have been a really really old police car. To my knowledge the Escort was last manufactured in the 1990's, since then we have seen the SAPS driving around in BMW's, Opel's, amongst other makes and models. Can this be related at all to the Edenvale business man who was robbed of R450k two weeks ago?

      eman.tsal.14 - 2012-10-24 22:38

      Youtube, YouTube ! Where is the link?

      jay.kganyago.5 - 2012-10-25 15:46

      CCTV footage is fuzzy and grainy so that might be why its unclear. But the article says "hidden cameras". But I find something funny about this story, why "hidden cameras" at a robbery if not just CCTV? Also, if you know more about the people involved, you know Michael Tellinger is actually a dodgy character himself. I think there is something else to this story.

  • Tawizee - 2012-10-24 11:18

    Why am I not surprised?

  • john.francis.7587370 - 2012-10-24 11:21

    "Cops and Robbers" - AHHH! NOW I get it!

      michael.bourbon.1 - 2012-10-24 11:54

      Used to be "Cops VS Robbers"

      Don.Tandy - 2012-10-24 12:54

      now its 'Cops are robbers'.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-10-24 20:47

      Vans were 'rented' by crime buddies and patrol around for protection. Recent on news24 about 'stolen' van involved in accident. Watch when they do shopping in work time, they get out and leave with windows open with keys as well for who in their sane minds will want to steal a van. Half an hour shopping is ample time. Criminals like to watch similar movies for tips.

  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-24 11:21

    They even transport drugs. This is small stuff for them

  • stephan.fourie.501 - 2012-10-24 11:21

    Another lovely day in SA....

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-24 11:24

    Not suprising at all!!! Our 'cops' in many instances appear to play a major role in crime. Whether it be being actively involved in the crime or it be letting the criminals go free.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-24 11:34

    Dont report to the cops you were half robbed. They will come and take the other half.

  • mark.ross.779 - 2012-10-24 11:42

    It's not in the story here but they were in the house for over 3 hours and went through all his files. They removed only the files with information about the cases brought against the banks. Its like something out the mafia. Steve from **** bank is just the mouthpiece for something bigger..

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-10-24 11:48

    Game over.

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-24 14:24

      Indeed, but look at all the people still hanging on for a miracle recovery. South africa is finished! There is no happy ending. What is it going to take for people to wake up and realise, this is just another failed african state. People I implore You, look to Your own futures. No one will rescue You. You are alone! Get out while You are still able!

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-24 14:25

      .... Or be ready to fight!

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2012-10-24 11:53

    What a SAD day for the SAPS. Not a good way to boost public confidence in the police service! There should be immediate political intervention to restore the credibility of the SAPS. Oops! I forgot the previous two police commissioners where political appointments - and that was a complete disaster! So in actual fact the police cannot be trusted from the upper eschelons right down to the foot soldiers - SHOCKING! Time to privatise the police service! I know many private security companies that have much higher service levels than the SAPS, not to mention much higher arrest rates!

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-24 12:07

    Al die midrand sap is nie sleg nie ek het al 2 keer baie goeie diens van hulle gekry

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-24 22:17

      anelize, the fact that you had to be assisted twice by saps tells me you miss the fact that you were not supposed to be needing them even once if they had their priorities sorted.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-24 12:09

    I can almost guarantee this is as a result of his involvement with NewERA, The banks are not impressed with the truths of the way they do business being made public, The Reserve Bank also has a lot to hide, they would prefer this case to remain hidden from the public and would stop at nothing to "make it go away"

  • mick.puzone - 2012-10-24 12:17

    "to serve and protect" us not the criminals, once we get this right it should all be down hill.

  • flysouth - 2012-10-24 12:18

    This is why no person with any sense will today call the SAPS (the biggest crime-gang in SA!) in any emergency, but will simply have to sort it out in whatever way is possible - and that means any way at all!

  • demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-24 12:35

    Flip......this is why the crime stats are low, how can they list crimes that the SAPS are involved with....we are the laughing stock to the rest of the world

  • eben.vanderrmerwe - 2012-10-24 12:36

    The concern in all of this is, given by some miracle we rid this country of the current useless goverment, how long it is going to take to fix the shambles they have managed to create during their period in reign.

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-24 12:46

    Put the footage on YouTube and give out the link. The world needs to know what is possible in SA

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-24 12:52

      Strongly agree

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-24 12:47

    Maybe the police commissioner will laugh at this too. Like at the Marikana inquest.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-24 12:52

    Did you know that SA has one of the fastest reacting police forces, because they are often the first to arrive at a crime scene - more often than not just before the crime happens.

  • nhlaka.m.kunene - 2012-10-24 12:53

    Ford Escort?? do police still use those cars:

      desmond.joshua2 - 2012-10-24 12:57

      have you seen the new ones?guess not.maybe you had a hand in it.

  • nhlaka.m.kunene - 2012-10-24 12:54

    do police oficers still use Ford Escort??

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-10-24 13:00

    Not surprised by it..U hear it all the time. Sorry for their loss.

  • vic.carrots - 2012-10-24 13:15

    Surely, this ugly and frustrated national police commisioner won't show any natural motherly feelings. She didn't show any for 34 killed people in Marikana. So this one is still alive. Thanks GOD. Because here in South Africa it is becoming difficult to distinguish between the fongkong police and real ones - it will end up becoming a cowboys country where everyone defends himself/herself by shooting the perpetrator/suspect because this country is "headless".

  • gary.clark.376 - 2012-10-24 13:20

    Show us the video and lets see if this woman is talking crap>>>>

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-10-24 13:39

    Only justice we can get or the only thing you can trust is your 9mm

  • JuliusYouPrick - 2012-10-24 15:04

    I do not trust black policemen/women, and you can't blame me.

  • Matthew - 2012-10-24 15:14

    Typical SAPS.

  • rudi.swanepoel.73 - 2012-10-24 15:49

    Maybe Gov should start paying police proper salaries...Its out of financial desperation that we see this kind of behavior.

      Erna - 2012-10-24 16:47

      If the cops are involved, it is plain simple criminality - don't make excuses for them.

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-24 22:22

      Rudi, no excuse is good enough.

  • jeremy.acton - 2012-10-24 15:53

    link to the footage please

  • jeremy.acton - 2012-10-24 15:55

    Was this not perhaps sponsored by the banks that are getting sued by New ERA? Is this State collusion with the financial elite??

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-24 16:16

    Reading the tome "The Book of the Dead" by E.A. Wallis Budge is far more exciting and enthusiastic than trying to follow zuma's non-policy against crime! At least the dead go into pyramids but here in SA crime just gets worse and worse in every conceivable manner.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-10-24 18:01

    Would like to see the footage or is there something to hide? As legal advisor to NewERA v Banks, this must be linked to the crime!

  • felix.lee.507 - 2012-10-24 19:36

    Let us see the footage. This definitely put the trust in the police to a new time low.

  • tasmee.hylkema - 2012-10-24 20:21

    Personally I wouldnt be surprised if this was an orchestrated robbery, designed to steal valuable information as his laptop and files were also stolen, pertaining to New Era's courtcase. Seems strange that very incriminating against the banks were indeed stolen. Coincidence?

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-10-24 20:32

      meant to say incriminating evidence....

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-10-24 20:34

    Zimbabwe/Russian Mafia/ANC !

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-10-24 20:57

    No shame at all. Grab while you can as we all know how SA is going to end up!!!! Empty empty empty GET THE BEGGING BOWLS OUT.

  • LouisBok - 2012-10-24 22:03

    These cops should be shot,then shot again. Someone should then go to the morgue and shoot them again. They should then be cremated and all the ash put in a tyre and set alight. Just to make sure you know.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-24 22:07

    When is enough, enough?

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-25 06:54

    Oh, guess they were there to check for robbers and by pure coincidence arrived and left the same time as the robbers! Organized crime of the state and banks in partnership! A sign of things to come in the new world order!

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-10-25 08:42

    There's a jiont venture between the police and criminals . They will subdue you so their criminal partners do their work and when you report the crime , those in charge denies everything about their colleagues taking part in the crime . Ever wondered why crime is out of control ? I witnessed police committing a crime and was threatened in front of my family . Tsotsiland !

  • jamey.webber - 2012-10-25 09:20

    Great, can't trust our police, can't trust our Government. Who can we trust????

  • andre.hauptfleisch.9 - 2012-10-25 10:44

    What a joke the NEW SOUTH AFRICA has become !!!!!

  • dean.brammall - 2012-10-25 11:40

    I moved out of Blue Hills at the beginning of the year after 2 burglaries. The area is rife with crime, it all adds up now. I am willing to bet that our good old boys in blue are responsible for most of these robberies and have profited from them all.

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