Helping blue-light robbers: Cop held

2012-11-01 10:17

Johannesburg - A Pretoria policewoman has been arrested for allegedly trying to help two alleged blue-light robbers escape from police holding cells, it was reported on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Anina Beukes, 38, allegedly produced a forged warrant on Monday authorising the release of Dawie Nagel, 35, and Arnold Brits, 34, from the holding cells at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

The two men, from Valhalla, in Centurion, have appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court several times since May 2009, and have been in custody since then.

At the time of their arrest, they were caught with a blue police light on their car, allegedly robbing motorists after tricking them into stopping.

They reportedly got to know Beukes during their court appearances.

According to procedure, the magistrate signed a warrant authorising further detention on Monday, and Nagel and Brits were led to holding cells downstairs, where Beukes was on duty, to wait for transport back to prison.

A second, forged warrant, was handed in at the holding cells, stating that they had been granted bail and authorising their release.

However, someone noticed and the escape was foiled.

The two men appeared in court on Wednesday on new charges of attempted escape.

Beukes appeared in the same court on charges of aiding an escape, defeating the ends of justice, and fraud. She was released on bail of R1 000.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-01 10:27

    The number of entities that we as citizens are able to trust, is dwindling fast.

      hein.huyser - 2012-11-01 11:57

      We need to have an option to dismantle a government, police service, hospital and school if they are found to be mulfunctioning. Elections are a too slow process

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-01 10:31

    Throw away the key. Bast%$^s

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-01 10:39

      Its amazing how police are able to lose evidence, dockets, weapons, vehicles... but somehow never the keys to the cells.

      brad.herbert.522 - 2012-11-01 10:47

      @Kala LMFAO..

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-01 12:15

      Kala have you seen the size of those keys. At Alberton Police Station the door to the holding cells is in the charge office and every time a officer needs to go in they have to have the door opened.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-11-01 10:32

    Just one more case of police involvement in crime. What will it take to rid South Africa of this scourge? Are they being under-paid, poorly led or over-worked?

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-01 11:02

      I would say all three. Kathy

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-01 10:39

    Let them deal, with the full force of the law

  • peter.j.rensburg - 2012-11-01 10:43

    She needs to sent away for along time

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-01 10:43

    Get rid of him.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-11-01 10:50

    WTF, so they make lots of noise and they are the most corrupt, this is not a white-collar crime but a crime by them. And you will see they gonna try to attack me instead of attaching their own, or start saying the police are corrupt instead of mentioning the color like they always do.

      hein.huyser - 2012-11-01 11:49

      Jackie, does it matter what color the criminal is? In this case they are white, lock em up and for long. Hope you feel the same about criminals of other color

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-11-01 12:34

      @Hein very typical question, unless you new to news24 you can't ask if the color matters. Your brothers and sisters made it a color issue long time ago, but when stories like this appear the either hibernate of ask if the color matters.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-01 11:01

    I hope she is dismissed and not suspended. Kathy

  • rydalj - 2012-11-01 11:03


      robert.ferreiro - 2012-11-01 11:18

      I am sad when I see this...and still gets bail of R1000....absolute hogwash..graft is not taken a a major crime and that is while many do it...and this race hiding the truth..IF YOU DO THE CRIME>>YOU MUST DO THE TIME..I DO NOT CARE>..what colour or religion you are you are stealing fro ALL the people of SOUTH AFRICA..

  • phattee - 2012-11-01 11:14

    Now lets hear all white people that are so concerned about the crime in the country, when one of their own is the criminal

      hein.huyser - 2012-11-01 11:55

      Phattee, the majority of whites on this forum are against all forms of crime, no matter what color the criminal. I despise your, tone. Me thinks you are more surprised and relieved that "a white" person was caught in a criminal act, and therefore your simple post Yes, most crime are from the non-white sector, and like these guys, they need to be taken out of soceity. I trust you will be so vigorous in your persuit of all criminals

      luke.dekoker - 2012-11-01 12:08

      phattee, you are just like your racist anc crooks, why bring race into it? Crime is Crime and these three together with all the other hundreds of criminals (including the corrupt big-shots) must face the law and get send to jail for a long, long time.

      Mandiana - 2012-11-01 13:33

      @Luke, Phatte brings race because that's what the most of white people always do here when black people are caught in crime acts.

      mastersvoice - 2012-11-01 15:16

      phattee and Mandiana - your views around crime and colour are indicative of how polarized we have become. Whites think they are not racist, and Blacks think the same of themselves, but in reality it seems there is a growing intolerance of one another. Criminals have one thing in common - they are colour blind. They care only for themselves, and nothing for the likes of you or me. Why should we defend them just because they are of one or another race? See them for what they are - our common enemy.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-01 11:20

    R1000 for putting criminals back on the street. FFS throw her in the same cell as them.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-01 11:40

    ONE THOUSAND RAND ? What are our courts thinking ? Lock her up and throw the keys away. Viva Africa Viva. Bloody boerewors republic. ( with respect to boerewors ) but one boerie roll = one ANC vote.

  • tedbull - 2012-11-01 11:56

    Crime starts with me. Walking away from a cashier with the wrong change, buying something that fell of the back of a lorry, paying a traffic officer a bribe. IT MUST STOP WITH ME FIRST!

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-11-01 11:59

    I suppose they have seen how their superiors are getting away with these acts however, this is no excuse, Lock them up.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-11-01 13:48

    Police officers implicated in criminal activity should automatically be denied bail pending the outcome of their cases and in each case of a guilty verdict the maximum permissible sentence must be imposed without the right to pardon or early parole.

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-11-01 14:01

    Dismiss this person and report her to She has lost her right to employment and will be a risk to any employer.

  • malcolm.ramaphele - 2012-11-01 14:02

    1000 is too much, how can she afford, let her go.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-11-01 18:36

    Anini Beukes, I am so ashamed of you!!!!

  • Cor-marie Olivier Nel - 2012-11-01 20:07

    Ek hoop jy lees dit Arina. Dis mense soos jy wat ons n slegte naam gee. Seker ook een van daai wat net wag vir die einde van die maand.

  • Matthew - 2012-11-06 09:31

    Was she even fired from her role as a policewoman or was it just a slap on the wrist "dont do it again" or better yet "dont get caught next time"

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