Heavily-armed gang posing as cops

2012-05-16 18:26

Johannesburg A gang posing as police officers has been targeting the East Rand and Johannesburg's northern suburbs, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

"This gang is carrying high calibre weapons," said acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Pumza Gela.

The areas being targeted were Benoni, Germiston, the N17, Beyers Naude Drive, and the N14 near Dieplsoot. In the past seven days, five cases were reported and the modus operandi was similar in each case.

He said about three to five people would be in an unmarked car, mostly white Golfs, hijacking and robbing people after hours when it was not safe to stop. Some of the criminals were also using blue lights.

Gela urged residents not to stop if they were indicated to do so by people in an unmarked vehicle using blue lights.

"Don't stop. Look for the safest place like a garage or a police station.

"If it's a law-abiding officer, then he will follow you."

Motorists who are pulled over by someone claiming to be an officer in an unmarked car should demand their credentials.

Gela said the challenge for police was that many hijackings and robberies were reported late, in some cases a day later.

"At times there are gaps of about two hours in between... the vehicle could be outside the province by then."

If cases were reported immediately, police officers would be dispatched to the scene straight away, he said.

He did not rule out the possibility that some members of the gang could be policemen.

"It cannot be excluded that police members are conniving with [these] criminals."

Gun control

In the past 18 months, 600 police officers were arrested for crimes in Gauteng.

"There may be corrupt members in our ranks but it's not all of us. It's a drop in the ocean."

He said 99% of police officers were good.

The SA Police Service was trying to improve its strategy and had a system in place, he said.

About 850 police officers deployed in Gauteng had been asked to look out for suspicious vehicles in the areas they patrolled.

He urged people to report the registration plates of suspicious vehicles.

Gela said police management were taking back police uniforms not in use to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

A new system had been put in place with regard to the issuing of state firearms.

In all police stations, two people were appointed to watch and issue firearms to prevent them "slipping out easily", Gela said.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-16 18:53

    Mabey the headline should read,,, heavily armed cops being criminals.

      David - 2012-05-16 20:08

      Its getting confusing: Real cops masquerading as....real cops?

      Martin - 2012-05-17 09:24

      well put

  • Sharon - 2012-05-16 18:59

    Is there a difference? I don't see any...

  • mosale.magwele - 2012-05-16 19:30

    As if u will make it to the garage!4get the police station!

      Alf - 2012-05-16 21:09

      Of course you are right. Even if you make it to the police station there won't be anybody there. They are all out hijacking and robbing people!

      Koos - 2012-05-17 05:35

      When you make it to the cop shop don't bump into their car. You will get shot. What happened to that case? and the Soweto one? and the Boksburg one? If it looks like a snake, crawls like a snake, make noises like a snake it is a ........parrot!

  • Dooie - 2012-05-16 19:39

    "Don't stop. Look for the safest place like a garage or a police station. "If it's a law-abiding officer, then he will follow you." YEAH RIGHT!!! When you finally stop you'll get pepper sprayed and arrested....

  • yummyhamster - 2012-05-16 19:43

    in 10 years i have met 1 truly honest cop that actually does his job. 1.

      Koos - 2012-05-17 05:36

      Is he dead?

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-05-16 20:01

    Ask for their credentials?That's utterly funny , By then I would have been lured in already into the trap

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-16 20:23

    Did JZ free the prisoners already?

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-16 20:36

    Most of these well equipped criminals don't be surprised if they're related to our top cops and ministers from the ruling party and it's allies of unionists.

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-16 20:59

      Keith u r jst against d rulling party get over it.

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-16 21:09

      100% .all black as usual

      Koos - 2012-05-17 05:37

      They are part of the blue light brigade.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-05-16 20:38

    He said 99% of police officers were good. I think he's lying.600 + 600 = 1200 police officers left in the department are worse criminals.

      Koos - 2012-05-17 05:41

      Good for what?

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-16 21:07

    Guess what.....they all black as well.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-16 21:17

    Today on my way To Dundee I was stopped for speeding.138 in a 120 zone ,fair enough.however he was by himself and this happened just before lady smith turn soon as he opened his mouth I new his agenda.friendly and asking what kind of work I did blah blah blah .i asked him if I could go naturally without a fine as we all do and straight away he asked me what I could pay him.told him nothing obviously and he gave me my drivers license back after I gave him my number so he could phone me with his banking details later .here's his number (076) 8792938 phone him.another corrupt cop

      Hannes Truter - 2012-05-16 21:21

      Will definitely have another stolen cell..

  • Bheki Mpofu - 2012-05-16 21:45

    Damn!,they revoked my gun licence and impounded it.I was gonna shoot to kill,if ever these bastards crossed my path.

      Koos - 2012-05-17 05:39

      Don't shoot people with your own licensed firearm. That would be crazy. Get a unlicensed one.

  • Piliswa - 2012-05-16 21:58

    Hw does these gang get these s.a.p uniforms nd bullet proof I think Nathi Mthethwa must try to c nd to be strictly to the police abt the uniform

      Bob - 2012-05-16 22:11

      a.e.i.o.u, Repeat after me, a,e,i,o,u! Now write that out a thousand lines, then maybe you might get it!

      Koos - 2012-05-17 05:40

      Hy probeer darem :)

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  • jeremy002 - 2012-05-17 06:49

    So 99% of SA policemen are good? I would love to take his word for it, and believe it, but I cannot.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-17 09:02

    Wonderful news... Not all the SAPS is corrupt, although he got the numbers wrong. 99% are either corrupt, lazy and incompetent. what's more, the public is asked to be on the lookout for police vehicles. As for the recommendation not to stop, what about the trigger happy SAPS who have shot (and killed, remember? no one was punished ever) at innocent civilians who did not stop? And off course, shower-head goes aroung stating that SA is safe...

  • comurray - 2012-05-17 11:00

    How on earth can a victim report to police the fact that he/she has been robbed as the thugs take your cell phone as well. How many cell phones should one carry??

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