Gauteng top cop's home burgled

2011-06-25 08:09

Johannesburg - The Bryanston home of Gauteng police commissioner General Mzwandile Petros has been burgled, Eyewitness News reported on Saturday.

The commissioner was not at home when the break-in happened on Friday, after 20:00.

His wife heard the robbers breaking in and raised the alarmed.

The robbers managed to steal a plasma screen TV before fleeing.

The gang was believed to have climbed over a wall and broke the wooden panel of the front door.

Over 20 cars were parked outside the luxury home in the early hours of Saturday as detectives swarmed the house and carried out bags of evidence.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-25 08:18

    Ha ha ha the irony.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-25 08:23

      - How's our crime stat's looking Petros ?

      rosemari - 2011-06-25 09:15

      Crime what crime????? more like an insurance claim for a broken TV Great news when somebody so high up gets struck by the crime that we have to live with...he will make sure those responsible are brought book while others are still waiting for something to be done about their cases

      jowza - 2011-06-25 10:21

      it was only a training exercise for some crooked cops

      Hope123 - 2011-06-25 11:04

      @rosemari. The same thought crossed my mind! or an attempt at murdering his wife and claiming the insurance. Ag no! I watch too many Law and Order episodes!

      R.Suppards - 2011-06-25 11:48

      Animal Farm police style, some victims are more equal than others.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-06-25 12:25

      Oh how embarrassing ! maybe now he might take the crime pandemic seriously ?

      LBS - 2011-06-25 12:43

      Will we ever see 20 copy cars at our houses if there is a burglary? No ways!

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-25 14:59

      lol....what a joke...i got robbed over 6 months ago and they found my bakkie in the guys drive way....still no arrest and they didn't bother to search the guys room for the rest of my stuff,when i asked why they didn't their answer was "its unlikely your stuff is in there,they probably sold it already" what's so hard about actually checking if it was still in there?...just too damn lazy to fill out paper work for the warrant!...worst is they know where he lives and still haven't arrested it wont be the same for him will it

      Ldn_saffa - 2011-06-25 15:57

      Ha Ha!! may be his wife had her drugs stash hidden in the TV hahaha he's get everyone running around in a mad panic trying to keep it quiet??

      R.Suppards - 2011-06-25 17:23

      Where has the other report about "BOXES OF EVIDENCE BEING REMOVED" gone to. Can the readers and commentators trust NEWS24 when you run more than one story on the same subject?

      Warren - 2011-06-25 18:15

      Don't laugh, YOUR money is going to be used to beef up his security!!!

      Boer - 2011-06-25 22:20

      One would think they will do something about crime now that this has happened to the commissioner. If more break inns happen to cops or ministers they will start looking at crime from a different viewpont.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-06-26 09:47

      @Boer: Be careful what you wish for!!! Ask Jackie this morning!

  • darkwing - 2011-06-25 08:18


      MrSpiderman - 2011-06-25 09:28

      And those were not bags of "evidence" carried out, it was the robbers with some more loot!!!! Check his insurance claim on Monday!

      cocopops - 2011-06-25 09:36

      raised the alarmed?.......who exactly were the alarmed in all this?

      MrSpiderman - 2011-06-25 10:18

      The best is, I believe his briefcase with his new security plan was also stolen?? Hahahaha!

  • Bosvark69 - 2011-06-25 08:19


  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-25 08:20

    Ok, why is the policeman, a servant, living in such luxury and why are there 20 cars there, when people die no one cares.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-25 08:33

      - Yep - special treatment for a stolen Plasma TV. Must be an Anc cadre.

      Beannie - 2011-06-25 08:52

      We had an armed robbery 18 months ago. Our house was not swarming with detectives, in fact the guys couldn't even write well enough to take a statement properly. Makes you think.

      evanknowles - 2011-06-25 08:54

      We had an armed robbery a month ago -- all they took was a fingerprint, they even left the wheelspanner the one dude was using as a weapon/prising device.

      Idomeneo - 2011-06-25 09:23

      I left SA because, amongst other things, my house was broken into 5 times. I never had 20 cars and detectives swarming around the place. On one occasion the back door was broken to gain entry. Eight hours after their initial visit the police asked me if they should send the fingerprint team round to dust the door for prints - the door had been replaced by that time.

      Tony - 2011-06-25 11:56

      That was to get him out under the bed...

  • Wacko - 2011-06-25 08:20

    Because this f)(*cker is the commissioner there are 20 cars outside but when the bastards break in at my or any other ordinary persons house you will be glad if they come and take a statement....F(*ckers.....

      ZACommentator - 2011-06-25 08:27

      They don't even take evidence at murder scenes. Bunch of complete Cee U Next Tuesdays

      Warren - 2011-06-25 18:18

      I wonder if he is going to make them apologise?

  • Gavin - 2011-06-25 08:23

    "Over 20 cars were parked outside the luxury home" - is this a "normal" reaction to a burglary in SA?

      Lee - 2011-06-25 08:53

      If your the top man. Mere mortals who the police are meant to serve can deal with driving to the local cop shop, if they been murdered.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-06-25 10:20

      Let me guess? All those in the 20 cars will be promoted by Monday!

      Kaapie - 2011-06-25 11:32

      This was AFTER the breakin..

      Warren - 2011-06-25 18:24

      I agree, 20 cop cars for 1 plasma TV? Must be one of a kind.

  • willvp - 2011-06-25 08:27

    "bags of evidence" ??? uuuuh?? so they stole even moren then ?

  • Gail - 2011-06-25 08:29

    "Over 20 cars were parked outside the luxury home in the early hours of Saturday as detectives swarmed the house and carried out bags of evidence.".....and yet someone gets murdered, and hardly a mention in the papers!!!!

      apie - 2011-06-25 09:24

      Gail, true. Even Michelle Obama never mentioned the farm torture and murders. These w*nkers dont give a stuff for the white guy but the wheel turns.

  • Zion - 2011-06-25 08:29

    This is definitely an inside job, no doubt about that. The robbers carried out a plasma TV while the cops carried out plastic bags of evidence.

      ZACommentator - 2011-06-25 08:34

      "Bags of evidence" makes me laugh, I thought they were stealing, not exchanging, thieves normally leave with more than they came with, that's the whole point

      Lee - 2011-06-25 08:55

      The cops where helping themselves to some goodies aswell, Evidence? whats that?

      MrSpiderman - 2011-06-25 10:22

      @ZACommentator: The robbers thought it was a pawn shop!

  • andrelouisw - 2011-06-25 08:31

    I suppose tomorrow they will have the the purps in custody,ore will they ignore it and let the insurance pay!

      Zion - 2011-06-25 08:38

      And the docket will disappear. - 2011-06-25 11:32

      Well they should get them judging by the amount of police in attendence at short notice. Not like us ordinary citizens who wait forever for a responce from SAPS. Maybe a wake up call (which I doubt) on how bad crime really is.

      tryanything - 2011-06-25 14:00

      Andrew 20 fuzz cars with a combined IQ of 0 each = ?

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-06-25 08:33


      onetickie - 2011-06-26 14:18

      My belief is that he will claim on insurance to get himself a bigger & better plasma screen.

  • Slapper - 2011-06-25 08:36

    He got a taste of what we have to put up with daily. Maybe this will give him a wake up call? It will be interesting to see how long it takes to catch the thieves? We get little or no results, lets see how the Law applies to him.

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  • Grayman - 2011-06-25 08:38

    pfff, fff , fff, fff, ha, ha, ha, HA HA HA HA, WAAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What's he going to do now? Hire a private security company to protect the house?

      Ian - 2011-06-25 08:43

      at taxpayers expense of course

      Stu - 2011-06-25 10:43

      Security companies do currently provide security for most police stations and I believe most theft from police stations is found to be inside jobs....

      onetickie - 2011-06-26 14:14

      Nope, he'll claim on insurance for a much better and bigger plasma screen.

  • sharon.artz - 2011-06-25 08:49

    10 out of 10 for the burglars - now the top brass can feel what it feels like to have ones personal space invaded.

  • c1 - 2011-06-25 08:52

    Mob justice?

  • Beast - 2011-06-25 08:53

    4 Burglaries in 4 months and the quickest response was 9 hours for the patrol van to attend because they were busy at the station having coffee. I lived 3.5 km from the police station. Wish I was a General.

  • Debbie - 2011-06-25 08:54

    hhmmm 20 cars worth of cops to investigate the theft of a tv. we must be getting very efficient. Im still waiting for 1 cop to come to my house to investigate a robbery that happened 13 years ago.

      Brieuse - 2011-06-25 09:04

      A friend of mine was shot 4 times in a botched hijacking while his wife and two young daughters were in the house. He lived thank goodness. But I waited hours for "CSI". Maybe they were all at the commissioner's house that night too?

  • Ockert - 2011-06-25 08:59

    1 -My house was burgled 9-10 yrs ago and up to date no one has bothered to pitch, 2- What bags of eveidence ? more goods for the massive insurance claim ?, 3- Now he will upgrade the security system at his house for millions (stolen wine incident at ? Mbekis house?).Luxury house, nogal in Bryanston - how on his "salary" - (or is this also an over inflated salary - like mayors etc)

      Nifty - 2011-06-25 19:41

      Lol! Same...after my robbery last year cops finally pitched up in a citi golf, did some attempt to look for fingerprints, played with my niece a bit then left with nothing..."bags of evidence" - huh? Unless the robbers discarded stuff in their wake, what could they have possibly left behind to warrant "bags of evidence" !!

  • twolips - 2011-06-25 09:01

    Good! Maybe now he knows what it feels like. I guess we (the tax payers) will have to fork out for more and better security for his home now.

  • Alex - 2011-06-25 09:03

    20 cop cars for a break-in. WOW

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-25 09:05

    Plasma screen T.V theft is no doubt one of the more serious crimes in this country today !

  • Joker - 2011-06-25 09:05

    Top cop robbed?? Ag shame

  • Jean - 2011-06-25 09:10

    ..."and carried out bags of evidence" . . . they where finishing the job that the bugler didn't take... ! ! !

  • - 2011-06-25 09:20

    Oh how great... yet when they broke into our home we waited for hours for ONE car to show up.

  • Charles N - 2011-06-25 09:22

    You all assume the 20 cars belonged to police. More like the tenderpreneurs who wanted to find out which of their secret documents went missing... ;-)

  • Deeteem - 2011-06-25 09:25

    Here we have a typical "anc cadre" emergency : (Over 20 cars) were parked outside the (luxury home) in the early hours of Saturday as (detectives swarmed the house) and (carried out bags of evidence).

  • Andrew - 2011-06-25 09:28

    Why all these resources for a house burglary? Could it have something to do with the householder being some big shot (at least in his eyes)?

  • Atoombom - 2011-06-25 09:30

    Hahahahahaha, it must have been these white people that broke into your house. Blacks would never do that. Pity he did not get shot.I also believe AO Odendaal laughs his lungs out now. Petros, my dear sir, must feel like a twat now

  • Chris - 2011-06-25 09:32

    Hope this will cause the $#%$#^ to wake up and smell the Roses!!

  • Iran999 - 2011-06-25 09:32

    YYYAAAAHHHOOOOOO !!! Got what we all get daily !! Nothing like the wheel turning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cruise25 - 2011-06-25 09:32

    Thats weird, when I got broken into I waited 3 hours for the cops - only 2 arrived and said "sorry no point in even taking prints", and even though the burgular bars were broken they suggested that I should not have left a window open.

  • RemoteMedic - 2011-06-25 09:36

    ROFLMAO KARMA has never been this good!

  • Justin.D.Glenn - 2011-06-25 09:38

    Ahhhhhhhhhh shame only 20 cars arrived. Most people are lucky when 1 police vehicle arrives. He should have to go into the nearest police station and report it himself.

  • khangwer - 2011-06-25 09:42

    These guys will be caught within 7days!!! What will be displayed in this case by the cops will be the true potential of our police service if it were not for corruption and laziness... Watch you will see....remember Tokyo's wife incident?

  • Vuyo's Wors - 2011-06-25 09:49

    Comrade Petros is probably already at the shops looking for a nice new TV, armed with some cash, courtesy of the taxpayer....

  • Andrea Naude - 2011-06-25 09:50

    That's it - welcome to reality bigwig!!!!!!!!!!! Feel how the rest of us live. Just 20 cars in how many minutes???? It is pathetic.

  • Roy - 2011-06-25 09:54

    Now he and the rest in the ANC should ask: "Crime,what crime"?Perhaps he is looking for a replacement TV from the insurance guys.Bet you ten-to-one that the Insurance people,to stay in the good books of the ruling party,will pay out.If it was one of us,the Insurance will really investigate and in the end deny the claim because adequate steps were not taken to safeguard our property.

  • Wayne - 2011-06-25 09:56

    While such incidents are always regrettable, there is a certain strangely pleasant irony in this case as well as in the similar case of Minister Mbalula. I do wonder however, if my house was burgled, there would be 20 cop cars and swarms of police detectives combing my house for clues in the early hours of the morning?

  • MarcusMagnus - 2011-06-25 09:56

    So they get to work when one of there own are burgled So Petros How do you feel now??

  • memory.maguire - 2011-06-25 09:59

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  • Carolyn - 2011-06-25 10:04

    Good one, maybe they can try Malema or Zuma next. Might just get that cell phone they were looking for.

  • Mubashir - 2011-06-25 10:07

    They don't even take evidence at murder scenes. what u think guys

  • horsehair - 2011-06-25 10:15

    20 cars swarmed... obviously black ANC member, it took 2 hours for the cops to come to my house, then they wanted coffee. Haven't heard word from them, that was 2 years ago

  • Gizbon - 2011-06-25 10:30

    I was shot at my business a couple of weeks ago... battled to get the police to come, and have heard nothing more from them. Gave them leads etc etc... Yet when top dog gets taken... there are a million cops swarming around. Think it is nothing less than a display of the racial hate Blacks have for Whites.

  • assan - 2011-06-25 10:31

    Next its Malema's turn

  • di - 2011-06-25 10:35

    the missus raised the alarm? sounds fishy! where was she while they were helping themselves to the plasma? weird! or am I so used to being suspicious of everything involving our cops?

  • Stu - 2011-06-25 10:37

    Now he knows what it feels like! Let us hope his wife is moaning much betta!

  • Tired - 2011-06-25 10:40

    The Banana republic saga continue! Haha

  • Stu - 2011-06-25 10:41

    Did you (the reader) know that SAPS by law can not access the fingerprint database at home affairs and can only use the SAPS database of captured or accused criminals. This fact proves to me that government is soft on crime.