Man dies during Hawks raid

2011-08-25 11:31

Johannesburg - A Zimbabwean man died during a raid on his house in Johannesburg by a Hawks team searching for one of South Africa's most wanted criminals, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

"The team had information that the man [Mthungameli Mpofu] was seen with Bongani Moyo last week," said McIntosh Polela.

"They went to his house in the early hours of yesterday [Wednesday] morning to detain him and question him. I am told he apparently resisted arrest and after a scuffle he collapsed and died," he said.

Moyo has allegedly been linked to more than 30 bank robberies. He escaped from the Pretoria Regional Court on August 10.

Polela said the Hawks team "assured" him that they used minimal force in the raid on Mpofu's home.

The Independent Complaints Directorate was called to the scene and was investigating the incident.

Mpofu had been wanted for a bank robbery in Zimbabwe, said Polela.

The Hawks had also arrested him last year for defrauding a bank.

"He allegedly used someone else's ID to get a bond for a house in Springs. When he was arrested last year we found 11 different IDs on him," said Polela.

Mpofu was out on bail at the time of his death.

Polela said the Hawks were still searching for Moyo, who was on crutches at the time of his court escape.

  • Flinger - 2011-08-25 11:39

    That is exactly how the apartheid govt explained Steve Biko's death...until this country becomes democratic again i better not get into "scuffles" with the hawks.

      Turdy - 2011-08-25 11:59

      Well don't get involved with South africa's most wanted criminal, otherwise you deserve the "scuffle" you receive ;)

      Skietlood - 2011-08-25 12:10

      The man is a damn bank robber,hiding is SA to commit more crime, good riddance!

      Makutu - 2011-08-25 12:14

      You can't possibly compare this guy's death to that of Steve Biko. Steve Biko was fighting the good fight. This guy was one of those people that aere better off dead.

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 12:26

      Makutu, she wasn't comparing the deaths, but the cover-up attempt.

      Makutu - 2011-08-25 12:31

      Oh, I get it daaivark. I guess that's how the Police in SA have always been and still are.

      Virginia - 2011-08-25 12:46

      good reply Makutu, we cannot condem all the people that fought during the fight for freedom to walk and live where they wanted to. The Hawks should not even be question regarding this man, where ever he is now he is no trouble for SA.

      The Wonderer - 2011-08-25 13:43

      This situation is spiraling out of control, because of the incompetence of the police and hawks, someone has died. This is unnecessary, but what is necessary is a vote of NO confidence in the Zuma administration/ANC.

      Sir-Vic - 2011-08-25 13:44

      Honestly I don't condone innocent death but this one he deserve to die to reduce the crime rate in this country. We (Tax-payers) were going feed this bustard in jail.

      ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-25 14:07

      Unfortunate comparison: Biko is as struggle hero but Mpofu was a continental criminal!

      Atoombom - 2011-08-25 14:07

      Steve Biko was trash in any case. He should have been born dead, moron - 2011-08-25 14:36

      First of all, Moyo DID NOT ESCAPE... HE WALKED OUT - oh sorry..wait for it... WALKED OUT ON CRUTCHES. Now the police have to use more of our money for someonethat should have been behind bars right now.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-25 14:45

      Minimum force,a piece of tube ,tube the bastards

  • Bra Pat - 2011-08-25 11:39

    minimal force, how much is it. there goes another lead to the real guy. Police will kill every witness who will lead them to moyo

      Hochang - 2011-08-25 12:30

      They were getting rid of witnesses, so that "Most wanted man" shouldn't be arrested.

  • Martin - 2011-08-25 11:44

    He collapsed and died. Ok then

      Mike - 2011-08-25 13:08

      F@ck Him

      Suckerz - 2011-08-25 13:54

      Exactly... More than 30 robberies cannot be a coincidence! I hope that the scuffle included a sharp blow to the throat!

  • kold1 - 2011-08-25 11:46

    It never ceases to amaze me about the "bloggers" on news 24 . You scream bloody murder whrn the police do nothnig nad you scream bloody murder when they do. remeber the utterances "bring back the death penalty" , and just remember that the person who died was a criminal .

      PikeLee - 2011-08-25 11:59

      usually after a trial though buddy. How would you like to be pulled over and beaten to death for running a red traffic light?

      kold1 - 2011-08-25 12:02

      Pike Lee chalk and cheese ... if i had 11 id's on me , then wouldn't you say that there is a problem ?

  • reasonable - 2011-08-25 11:48

    Sounds like the Hawks beat/kicked the crap out of the guy. They cannot be a law unto themselves and need to be answerable as well - unbelievable!

  • kalabafazi - 2011-08-25 11:49

    "Polela said the Hawks were still searching for Moyo, who was on crutches at the time of his court escape." That is not a confidence inspiring statement to make.

  • tamza - 2011-08-25 11:51

    beaten till he collapsed i guess

      Felix - 2011-08-25 14:19

      Then beaten some more? Probably trying to get some info out of him, wonder if he spilt the beans? I'm sure Moyo is wondering the same and moving like the wind on his crutches.

  • Nawe - 2011-08-25 11:52

    Good! These Bloody Foreigners come to our country and rape our women, Steal our buldings now rob our banks! Well done HAWKS! Lets kill these ungrateful B@stards! afterall sparing his his will translate to more crimes bn committed, one down 5000 more to go well done gents!

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-25 12:01

      My thoughts exactly. We should celebrate this moment, not criticize. A demon has been exterminated, now let's get the rest of these parasites off the map too

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 12:06

      Let's not make this a xenophobic issue now. The man was Zimbabwean. Sure. We have our own large crop of serious nasties here too, and a vast number of perfectly decent Zimbabweans. Perspective is in short supply here, I see.

      Zwai - 2011-08-25 12:58

      More and more Zimbwabweans are commiting crimes in this country, I say good riddance to bad rubbish

      jobho - 2011-08-25 14:57

      "more and more Zimbabweans are commiting crime"????? give us the statistics of your research and I will give you the statistics of more and more hardworking, taxpaying zimbabweans not surviving on governement grants, not waiting for RDPs and not opening their hands the Oliver twist way.

      changeisGood - 2011-08-25 15:22

      I said this probably 5 yrs ago, that we have a serious problem about control of illegal immigrants, I was labled as a xenophobic someone, I just wish the so called authorities could do an undercover investigation in the CBD of Jhb alone, they will be shocked firstly by the number of illegals, secondly about dealings of drugs and general thuggery and lawlessness most of the illegals get up to, look I am not saying all are bad, I am suggesting the authorities rather control the influx problem we are experiencing at the moment, I mean the Government is suggesting we have +_50 Million people in RSA, I say how do they come to that number if no one has a record of people coming into the country illegally? how do you know? This is a serious problem indeed.

      Zwai - 2011-08-25 15:23

      just look at the front page of the Star today

      changeisGood - 2011-08-25 15:42

      Just so we are clear, I am not hating on all foreigners, yes there are some good people from Zim and other african countries and thank you for your positive contribution, All I am saying is that It's always good to read about 1 less criminal in our country be it South African or foreign.

  • DW - 2011-08-25 11:54

    "he apparently resisted arrest and after a scuffle he collapsed and died" and "the Hawks team "assured" him that they used minimal force in the raid" - anyone else spot the anomaly? Someone clubbed him over the head or beat him up. You dont die from minimal force. Bring back the Scorpions

      Turdy - 2011-08-25 12:02

      Why do people care more about the stupid criminal's rights than the victims they rape and murder!? Good job hawks. Use "minimal force" on all of them.

      kalabafazi - 2011-08-25 12:27

      Maybe he died of fright

      Arachnid - 2011-08-26 09:12

      DW - maybe he got such a fright he had a heart attack?

  • blog24 - 2011-08-25 12:03

    Good on the hawks, at least they are out there trying to get the bad guys. One less criminal to worry about.

  • daaivark - 2011-08-25 12:03

    After a scuffle he collapsed and died. Sounds like the classic "slipped on a piece of soap" story.

      Colby - 2011-08-25 12:19

      Some years ago when I tried to perform my civic duties by giving freely of my time to the South African Police Reserve, I was called to "babysit" a dead black man at the side of the road until detectives arrived to certify that the body could be moved. This took several hours, until they found a detective on duty with enough petrol and then lo and behold he got a puncture but had no spare. Meanwhile people were passing by taking photographs and mooting police brutality because I had go my partner to buy me a coke whilst I sat there in the Durban summer heat. The man had collapsed and a paramedic crew tried to resuscitate him but because he had advanced TB, his lungs actually collapsed under the strain of resuscitation, and he died. I sat for a long time until the detective relieved me of the body. What is the lesson in perspective here Daaivark? Well, the guy was clearly a death waiting to happen, the year was 1987, and the detective who eventually arrived in his own car was a black man. How much perspective do you want? The more things change, the more they stay the same, but one thing is for sure; unless you were there, you can't really make any assumptions can you, but I will say one thing, if he really was the criminal it is suggested then good enough for him. The only ting remaining would be to put his head on a spike so that the rest of the criminal fraternity can catch a wake up!

  • Wayne Hayes - 2011-08-25 12:07

    Good riddens - 39 999 999 to go!

      Mike - 2011-08-25 13:01

      Now your talking !!

      InternetMan - 2011-08-25 15:08

      ^ this

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-25 12:08

    They killed him!

      motsokwane - 2011-08-25 12:21


      daaivark - 2011-08-25 12:27

      What ARE you talking about?

      motsokwane - 2011-08-25 13:05

      He's talking about daaivark who died

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 13:11

      WOW, now the intelligence of that riposte is just dazzling.

      Felix - 2011-08-25 14:20

      did he died?

  • Dr. No - 2011-08-25 12:19

    I have no poblem this story, thousands of innocent people die not to mention cops through lawless individuals. If a few criminals come to an untimely death it still does not balance the scales. Bring back a police state and drive the fear of God into the lawless.

  • Proudly.South.African - 2011-08-25 12:21

    Thanks to the Hawks this guy will not commit another crime again in his life as he is 6 feet under

  • Hochang - 2011-08-25 12:32

    "Minimal force"? And the man dies, it raises more questions!!!

  • jen - 2011-08-25 12:34

    Though I don't agree with many of the comments here, it is very clear that in general, South Africans are sick and tired of crime. It's the one thing most of us are in complete agreement about.

      GWZ - 2011-08-25 13:19

      That and Toll fees.

  • Sharief - 2011-08-25 12:38

    Our countries policeman,metro cops and some politicians needs serious anger management as well as phsyciatric councelling...

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-08-25 12:41

    This reminiscence scenes in Robert Ludlum novel "The Matarese Circle" where the gang members had a poison pouch like sewn to their throats and every time they are caught and interrogated they swallow it and die mysteriously leaving behind no clue or trace or vital info regarding their group. Watch out SA, these criminals are also experts in their own and surely our Law makers must come up with sophisticated mechanism in dealing with thes thugs.

  • Zwai - 2011-08-25 12:51

    one down....1.5 millinon to go

      Zwai - 2011-08-25 12:54

      1.5 million zimbabweans to go.

      changeisGood - 2011-08-25 15:32

      1.5 million is only in North of Joburg, the rest of the country I say between 10 and 15 Million.

      changeisGood - 2011-08-25 15:35

      Now the alleged BlueLight Gang leader aka "King of Bling" must be next.

  • mac-sdi - 2011-08-25 12:52

    kill the pig. one less criminal, means let time in court, less spend in jail. money can be used elsewhere - if the anc doesnt get their hands on it

  • - 2011-08-25 14:04

    The Hawks deserve a bells. I will also drink to one more foreign thief killed.

  • Jayzwayz - 2011-08-25 14:08

    Yeah well done Hawks! Either we are for crime or against it, end of story!

  • baudtin1 - 2011-08-25 14:52

    Good Ridance!!!!

  • horsehair - 2011-08-25 15:13

    DAMN!!!!! was hoping it was Malema

  • lady gaga - 2011-08-25 15:53

    lady gaga Jobho i still say lots of zimbabweans have committed crimes in our country, and thats why people dont want them. for the fact that you're paying tax its a must we didn't call you, you invited yourself and nothing is for free. you cannot go to a foreign country and expect to benefit like the citizens of that country, just like US & Europe they will never give foreign nationals all the benefits.The problem with zimbabweans you give them a HAND and they want the whole ARM.

      jobho - 2011-08-25 16:28

      proof lady gaga proof. By taxpaying I mean law abiding and contributing to the economy. lots have commited crime yes but lots is not a number and cannot be quantified or substantiated. put figures to it I would say 10% of Zimbos in SA commit crime. its unfortunate that because you can't put a figure thats when you use the word lots. How many Zimbos do you know? and of those you know how many have commited crimes that you know of (not those that u suspect cause hatred also brings in suspicion)?

      jobho - 2011-08-25 16:31

      Please note: I do not support the guy here in the article. I do not support criminals be they black, white or what colour but at the same time I don't believe in generalising like saying most South Africans are lazy. there is no nation that breeds the same type of people, crime is everywhere just like laziness is everywhere. Don't let your dislike of foreigners cloud your judgement of foreigners

  • VELOCITY - 2011-08-25 16:22

    A 1000 ways to die #864: Get involved in a "scuffle" with the Hawks in South Africa and die on the spot. We can call it the "Hawk Scuffle".

  • Arachnid - 2011-08-26 09:08

    Simply amazing that a manon crutches "escapes" from court - he must be darned fast! Watch out Oscar Petersen!!

  • AllHoliday - 2011-08-26 11:17

    I Like this 'most wanted criminal' - make him sound like a serial killer or something. What is disturbing is that this bank robber "walked" out of court. Most embarresing for our police! Why allow someone with 11 different ID's out on bail - does this not make him a flight risk??

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