Man held over Petros burglary

2011-06-26 22:18

Johannesburg - A Mamelodi man has been arrested for burgling the Bryanston home of Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, police said on Sunday.

"The swift arrest of one suspect in connection with the case of General Petros underlines our commitment to deal with such criminality with utmost effectiveness," National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Sunday.

The 27-year-old man was arrested while allegedly breaking into another home in Bryanston on Saturday night, said Brigadier Neville Malila.

He was with other men who ran away when the police arrived, he said.

They left their getaway car outside the house. It was found to contain items stolen during both burglaries.

The man would appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Burglars broke into Petros's home on Friday, stealing a plasma television screen and other appliances. He was not at home at the time, but his wife was. The burglars fled when she activated the alarm.

Police said the burglary was not linked to a weekend break-in at the home of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

On Saturday night, Selebi's house in Waterkloof, Pretoria, was burgled.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said burglars lifted the gate off its rail to gain entry into the house.

He said the thieves took a plasma television set, a laptop and foreign coins.

Selebi was not at home at the time, but his wife arrived to find a Volkswagen Golf parked outside at 18:30.

No arrests had been made.

  • John Paul - 2011-06-26 22:42

    So why was no-one arrested for the robberies that I suffered? Some one please charge the Police for giving Petros preferential treatment. This is what it should be like for all South African's victims of crime.

      Boab - 2011-06-26 22:52

      No one arrested in the robbery at my place either...

      Piet Opperman - 2011-06-26 22:56

      Three years later, no action for me.

      john - 2011-06-26 23:23

      Our offices have been broken into 11 times over the last five years. Never once has a suspect even been questioned, as far as we know, let alone an arrest, let alone a conviciton. Amazing how, when an ANC bigwig or foreign journalist is targeted, the perps are behind bars within a day or two tops. The rest of us get a case number for insurance purposes and never hear anything more about it.

      paulf - 2011-06-27 06:27

      The ANC make money out of crime.

      leon.homan - 2011-06-27 07:07

      Yip - after about ten years and still no arrests for me either. "Utmost effectiveness"... only if you're connected enough.

      Pete - 2011-06-27 08:16

      It's amazing isn't it? We need some answers to this question! How come it works for him and not for us???? Like they care hey!!!

      Gemini101 - 2011-06-27 08:47

      Yep not one form of communication from the police on any of the 3 armed home invasions we suffered. Held at gunpoint 3 times and no arrests and no feedback.

      lollie sue - 2011-06-27 08:56

      And why is this on the news, we're robbed everyday and no action is taken

      Max - 2011-06-27 09:15

      Same here. It's been three years. The robber stays in a house 300 meters from me. He's been in court about a thousand times and is out on bail another thousand times, but he is free to walk the streets. This is disgusting.

      Vee - 2011-06-27 14:21

      If his wife was white....well....say no more.

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-27 17:46

      they found my car 6 months ago in the guys driveway and still no arrests...f@ck you people

  • Sir Eidolon - 2011-06-26 23:04

    Justice is amazingly swift when you're connected.

  • gcr - 2011-06-27 00:15

    Such a shame that most house burglaries can't be executed with the same swiftness for the ordinary civilian whom the SAPS is mandated to protect. Why was the security of the house breached - probably because the alarm and CCTV systems were all switched off - these ponies normally have millions spent on security drawn from taxpayer funds

  • Bloubul Jonck - 2011-06-27 00:43

    let him free so he can go and rob zuma too

  • Zupta - 2011-06-27 02:07

    It's only affirmative shopping give the man a break. The so called thief is a national hero. Give him a medal , u are not a thief if u steal from criminals.

  • Deon - 2011-06-27 02:12

    I bet his surname is Selebi...

  • Andrew - 2011-06-27 02:15

    So now this case merits the attention of National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele! It was only a housebreaking. Why?

  • chingon - 2011-06-27 02:35

    jeez, most of you seem not to have read the story before shooting from the hip. The crooks were not caught due to any investigation of the Petros burglary, they were caught robbing another place, it was the search of their car that linked them to the Petros incident. So, I see no indication of preferential treatment.

      Donovan Jackson - 2011-06-27 03:58

      You do sort of have a point, but then I think so do the rest of us. There is a definite pattern of 'speedy justice' where certain connected individuals are concerned, and sloppy, careless work for the rest of us.

      leon.homan - 2011-06-27 07:11

      "Convenient" springs to mind. Lots of criminals get arrested daily but not so many are linked to other crimes. My guess is that these other crimes are just not high profile enough. I'm with Donovan on this one - you have a point BUT so do the rest of us.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-27 08:09

      @chingon you mean other than the fact that it made the news and Cele is personaly involved.... so I can expect a news report about my break ins and can expect Cele to get involved and make a statment on my behalf aswell?

      chingon - 2011-06-27 08:29

      @bloodbane, Cele is being opportunistic and trying to claim good work on the Petros case when in fact the good work was related only to the subsequent break in. As for your break in, are you some kind of public figure or in the public eye that it would warrant news coverage ?

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-27 09:12

      @chingon though you wouls say that, so your saying that they are getting preferenial tratment based on their status..... doesnt matter why thye are getting al that matters is that they are getting it.

      winter123 - 2011-06-27 10:35

      Jeez, most of us are so tired of being stolen from, please forgive us for feeling just a little left out because we don't deserve or recieve the necessary attention when it comes to our houses being broken into...

      chingon - 2011-06-27 13:29

      @bloodbane, the coverage they get is normal. For example if you have a fender bender does it make the news, no. But if a sportsman, tv personality or politician has a fender bender then there will be coverage. It's not preferential, it is just how it is, anywhere in the world.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-06-27 02:46

    Sorry for you boy, If you had burgled a white man instead you would have had a much better chance of getting off!

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-06-27 03:56

    I've had three burglaries. The useless SAPS didn't even bother to come to the house for any of them. And then there was the incident where my car was vandalised - even though the suspects were right in front of the 'police', the cops just let them go, didn't even bother writing down names or number plate, for the 60k 'baseball bat' damage to my vehicle. And the smash and grab my wife had...there was a metro cop 500m away, did nothing. Nah, I don't think you lot of steatopygiac clowns are dealing with criminality with ruthless efficiency at all.

      leon.homan - 2011-06-27 07:13

      LOL @ steatopygiac. Perfect description. Admittedly I had to google it first.

  • Lou_is - 2011-06-27 05:06

    He should have reported it to the Lyttelton Police in Centurion. Then he could have received the same 5 star treatment we receive here. Wait for ages in line with two or three non-interested cops sitting around, standing in the winter sun or just looking past you. Oh and he would have received a case nr with nobody ever coming out to investigate. eish... for one plasma screen.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-27 05:27

    Are they sure this is the right guy. That was real quick, too quick.

  • Garth - 2011-06-27 06:36

    I suppose it's one of the perks of the job if you are the Police Comissioner

  • Roy - 2011-06-27 06:41

    Crooks stealing from bigger crooks or what say I?

  • senkgisha - 2011-06-27 06:42

    I knew this would appen because they don't give a damn about the population but themselves,how many people are victims of the same crap wit pending cases.Anc sucks!!!

  • thabatao - 2011-06-27 06:48

    And after 8 years they still cannot find the bstards who robbed me. But Petros' guy they catch in two days. makes you think, hey.

  • - 2011-06-27 06:51

    What a lame way to get his house with the high walled, electric fenced, house he so dearly want and that we must pay for.

  • Theuns - 2011-06-27 07:01

    Theyre still looking for the suspects that robbed my house 11 years ago...!

  • Ian - 2011-06-27 07:15

    one thing for sure, its a brudda

  • burtfred - 2011-06-27 07:32

    During the last 4 years: My business has been burgled 5 times and we have endured another 2 burglary attempts. My 17 year old son was robbed of his cellphone at gunpoint while walking to school at 8am. He was recently beaten up by 4 burglars whilst attending a party at a friends house. In another incident, 2 of his friends were robbed at gunpoint whilst house-sitting for a family member. We have had bicyles and washing stolen from our garden in broad daylight, despite having razor wire around our premises. Our neighbour's dogs have been poisoned. Our house was recently burgled at around midday and we had over R100000 worth of goods stolen. The alarm system was no deterrent. Six months later, the investigating officer from Parkview SAPS (I am told this is one of the better stations) has not bothered to visit the scene of the crime and has not followed up on the very strong lead that I gave him - painting contractors. Recently, my 18 year old nephew got into a road-rage incident with a Taxi driver. The taxi driver got out of his delapidated vehicle and aimed an AK47 at him. When he reported this to the police, he was told there was nothing they could do about it because the taxi had a false registration number. I am not aware of any arrests or even police response to any of the above cases. Police didn't even bother to visit the scene of the burglary.

  • CathS - 2011-06-27 07:42

    "The swift arrest of one suspect in connection with the case of General Petros underlines our commitment to deal with such criminality with utmost effectiveness," National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Sunday. --- I HAVE BEEN BROKEN INTO THREE TIMES AND NEVER HAS ANYONE BEEN CAUGHT/ARRESTED... BHEKI CELE - WHERE WAS THIS SO CALLED EFFECTIVENESS THEN???

  • Wow! - 2011-06-27 08:14

    Hell most of us don't even bother to report crime anymore. No point, the bloody useless police don't do anything about it. In fact theye are invariably INVOLVED in crime.

  • - 2011-06-27 08:19

    The "men that ran away" were the NIS agents. They set up the man from Mamelodi, called the police and conveniently left the car with the stolen goods to be found. Now everyone thinks!!!!! Roberry case solved.

  • Tonsil - 2011-06-27 08:23

    Well done to the 20 detectives who worked through the night to catch a thief. Is that perhaps a perk of the job?

  • Mulder - 2011-06-27 08:39

    Yes I am bursting with pride for our fine men in blue. It is so comforting to know that our protestors will stop at nothing to get there man!--------We are so F%&K@D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mlu - 2011-06-27 08:43

    Stop complaining people. You are not a Commissioner of Police.

  • Carolyn - 2011-06-27 08:48

    I was attacked and robbed, but no one was ever arrested.

  • eddie.magogodi - 2011-06-27 08:59

    u know these moegoes must be punished seriously we work hard to get our earnings to live a better life in our homes they just cum and break take anything they see no no sumthing must be done and also like to warn others thiuefs are taking advantage of this cold weather cause we do sleep early and it gets darker quikly than when it is summer so lets be alert

  • NS082 - 2011-06-27 09:24

    Lets move in with Petros, looks like a safer place to be, rather than move to Aus?

  • Mark - 2011-06-27 09:37

    His wife was in the house at the time. That makes it a home invasion/house robbery. Calling it a burglary is downplaying it.

  • Elifas - 2011-06-27 12:28

    This guys have time for everything.

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