Nobody immune to crime - Crime Line boss

2011-06-25 22:06

Johannesburg - A formal investigation into the burglary at the Bryanston home of Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros has started, provincial police said on Saturday.

"I can confirm that the incident happened [on Friday night] and at this stage no one has been arrested," Brigadier Neville Malila said.

The investigation at the scene was completed by midday Saturday and the formal investigation had started.

"The front door was broken to gain entry to the house. A plasma TV and other electrical equipment were stolen."

The front gate was also damaged.

Petros was not home when the burglary took place just after 19:00 , but his wife and children were.

Petros' wife contacted police after she heard the noises. No one was hurt, Malila said.

He urged anyone with information to contact Crime Line or Crime Stop to report it.

The head of Crime Line Yusuf Abramjee said there were two attempted burglaries at his Johannesburg home on Saturday morning.

"It seems no one is immune to crime," he said.

His electric fence at his Erasmia home was cut in a number of places and his son's car was damaged.

The security beams were set off and the burglars fled the premises. Abramjee said police acted swiftly.

"They tried at 01:30 and 05:45," he said.

Abramjee said police told him there were seven attempted break-ins in his street on Friday night.

"Three months ago, burglars did the same thing and broke into my wife's car."

He called the burglary at Petros' house "shocking".

  • Macho Mike - 2011-06-25 22:27

    10000000 % correct Mr Abramjee. With our utterly useless police force and government, NOBODY is immune to crime, not even the big wig police chiefs. Just shows how worried SA's criminals are about the law - they fear no one. Passop Malema, you might find your house contents nationalised soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      kingmalema - 2011-06-25 22:48

      You must stop drinking and posting, your time will come soon enough thief.

      BigD - 2011-06-26 08:10

      @kingmalema. Troll. You are a stupid.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-06-26 00:15

    In South Africa, no-one is above the lawlesness.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-06-26 08:07

      Absoloodle. I wonder if the plasma TV was the one liberated from my house a couple of years ago.

  • Boer - 2011-06-26 02:10

    Ja thats why people leave. You cant control it ANC. You are the CANCER of this country SA. Control crime and you will see how strong your economy gets. Instead its R7 for $1 US.

  • Pie Lemon - 2011-06-26 03:58

    Headline should read nobody is immune to blacks. They infiltrate everything like a cancer and then mess it up. Crime is just one of the issues

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-06-26 07:48

      So in your opinion, the world would be a better place without blacks? And you still receive more likes than dislikes. Is this the type of people that comment on this site? Let me tell you why crime is committed. Poverty and lack of education! Not skin colour!

      Marcell - 2011-06-26 08:00

      It would be a MUCH better place. Get rid of the Muslims and it would even be better!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-26 08:13

      100%. Great comment.

      Pie Lemon - 2011-06-26 08:40

      Kaleidoscope. I have worked with these people for 27 years of my life and I could not make a difference. it is only getting worse. You can not educate the uneducatable. So if poverty and lack of education are the causes of crime, why do all who have jobs commit crimes, the workers at the postal services steal almost everything, the workers at Pick and Pay steal the place dry, the baggage handlers at the airports steal almost everything and you reckon poverty and lack of education is to blame. You should get yourselve an education in the manner how africans operate and do business mate. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world over, and everywhere the general african is and will remain an uneducatable second class citizen. You do get a remarkable individual here or there like Obama for example, but the majority as a group or race remain 500 years behind typical western standards

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-06-26 09:10

      @Pie - Most crimes are committed by blacks, but what about the ones that do make a difference in society? "BARACk OBAMA, MANDELA." These indidviduals alone make it worth having black people in this world! They are role models to people of colour because it shows them and me that anyone can achieve great things regardless of skin colour. @Marcell and Boffnob - great comments!

      King - 2011-06-26 09:22

      My time spent on News24 has actually opened my eyes. You know, I work in a nice multicultural office, and I have a university degree which I passed first class. And frankly I'm a competetent, law-abiding and tax-paying citizen. But now I always ask myself just how many of my work colleagues in fact want to see me and my race exterminated, as per Pie Lemon's post. The people whom I sit down with to discuss a design, or the senior white guys that review my work, or perhaps my 45 year old white mentor. Do they secretely wish I wasn't around? My white university colleagues, some of whom I shared a beer or two with and even played cricket and rugby with, did they talk me down behind my back when I was gone? Did they feel insulted if I outperformed them academically, as off-course this did happen at times. Is it all one big pretence and where true feelings only get vented out on forums such as News24? Is Pie Lemon just a unique case or does everybody else generally feel the same about blacks?

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-06-26 09:23

      @Pie - Another thing . You say, " You cannot educate the uneducatble" {which is not even a word}. Shows how "edducatable" you are! Uneducable - Correct word! Another thing not "youselve" incorrect, yourself - correct. In my opinion You cannot change people with racist mentalities!

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-06-26 09:36

      @King - I am coloured, and agree 100% with you. I too have obtained a master's degree in java programming and am at the top of my profession and always wonder if my colleagues who are mostly white, think they are superior to me. And that type of thinking mainly comes from the comments i have been reading on this site for years.

      Lekabisto - 2011-06-26 10:24

      @Kingshaka I am also somewhere in your league man, since your eyes has been opened let me just widen your view a little bit more, same as there is a minorty of blacks like you or me that are acceptable to our white colleagues bacause we can talk think and act like them, so much so they will invite us to have a dop with them, play cricket and rugby with them, there is actually also a minority of them that actually do like, and respect us for the people we actually are. The rest you can just consider them as old uncle Pie Lemon here.

      OnlyMe - 2011-07-04 10:15

      @Kingshaka - I am white and I can assure you that not everyone thinks this way. Please remember that the views expressed on News24 are anonymous views of people who would never dare say something like this to your face. Do not take it to heart! Do not get me wrong - there are animals walking among us, but they are not limited to race. And the best weapon they have is making us normal, law-abiding citizens accuse and belittle each other so they can continue to thrive. They thrive on hatred and intolerance and we empower them with our own prejudice.

  • Jan - 2011-06-26 04:39

    He calls it shocking that Petros' house was broken into? Is it only the Petros case or does he mean in general it is shocking for this to happen? How many people must be in danger of loosing everything they worked for before something will be done about this. You can have insurance, but you cannot replace sentimental articles (ie stuff you inherit). Please Mr Zuma, do something about the crime in SA, we are proud white south Africans and do not have the money to go over seas. I did my part in the military(Forced to do so). I pay my taxes, and want the goverment to use the taxes to stop crime, and not to use it for their pleasures(partys, overseas holidays etc)

      Joker - 2011-06-26 09:00

      Realistically what can be done about crime in our lifetime? Our prisons are bursting at the seams. We have an inmate population of +-185 000 in a system only designed to accommodate 118 000. They have to let thieves, rapists and murderers out on the street "for good behavior" to make room for more murderers, thieves and rapists.2/3 of our population are under the age of 25 of which you have masses of unemployed, and uneducated people. I think we will be lucky if government can just maintain the statuesque moving forward. The government is powerless against this overwhelming tide

      Lekabisto - 2011-06-26 10:52

      I am actually shocked that this family is shocked of a house breaking in their home in South africa. for flip sakes they should count themselves as lucky that they only dealing with shock, all they have to do to see that is just page through the stories of crime right here on news24, families have dealt with worse over less, I mean they shocked and that someone broke into their house and they only lost a plasma TV, mere south african families have had to deal with trauma and grief of family member, a loved one, or a bread winner in most cases right infornt of their eyes and all that for a couple of cellphones and jewellery..... "shocked", what were they leaving in a different south afrcia ?????

  • 1502211306 - 2011-06-26 06:58

    now let thme feel how it feels like. serves them right with thier laws protecting the rights of criminals.

  • Deeteem - 2011-06-26 07:08

    There is more to this Petros story !! A simple robbery, mmmmmmm I do not think so !!

  • Ho - 2011-06-26 07:28

    Thees ees just eeferm eteev ekshen..

  • Mama - 2011-06-26 07:32

    "Nobody immune"... Welcome to the club !!

  • BraBob - 2011-06-26 08:34

    It's the people's right to take from the rich. Come Julius, let's take everything from everybody and kill the country.

  • thobsa malope - 2011-06-26 08:36

    Nobody is immune to crime but most criminals (especially the wealthy, the connected and the celebrities) are immune to punishment. Watch the trial of the guy who mowed down school kids.

  • Kelvyn - 2011-06-26 08:40

    Incident happened on Friday night, investigation complete by Saturday morning ! if that was just Joe public, I doubt if the cops would even bother to come to your call? I have had numerous breakins at my factory, where 1000's of hard earned R's of equipment have been stolen, not being able to buy immediately, people loose their jobs, so crime has a huge impact. But todate no finger prints, no statements in some instance, security not questioned etc, etc. punishment needs to fit the crime, Government needs to educate its masses, education will offer better futures.

  • 4Q - 2011-06-26 10:26

    @Pie Lemon - have you ever worked out or taken time to find out how many whites are in prison? Whites also commit crime don't they? Let us assume a population ratio of 10 blacks to 1 white (actually 10 to 0.9). We could then assume that for every 100 whites in prison there should be 1000 blacks. Given a figure of 180000 prisoners in total this would mean 18000 white and 162000 blacks. If statistics were available on the exact number of people in jail based on race groups you would probably be shocked to find out that the as a ratio of prisoners is about the same for all population groups. Maybe this will change your perception slightly as to why it may appear that more blacks do crime than whites or maybe your education didn't include statistics and mathematics:-)

      Pie Lemon - 2011-06-26 15:22

      I unfortunately don't waste my time doing things like these. I work in the security industry. When I was in Spain 8 months ago, I had to visit some prisons on behalf of my employers. Now Spain has an official unemployment rate of roughly 20% and unofficially it is about 30% according to locals. Funny enough, I saw more africans in their prisons than members of the local population. What y9u just mentioned won't change my perception, I speak as I am fortunate enough to see things in front of me and not by what I read in papers, by studies of people who have nothing better to do etc etc. Also, prison statistics in South Africa mean nothing, almost every bloody whitey is caught for the smallest crimes they commit.

  • oupag - 2011-06-26 10:27

    Yeah that is the South Africa we leave in......nobody is immune from crime

  • stefventerza - 2011-06-26 14:58

    He called it shocking???? What about all the est off crime in SA. That I call shocking, Not an small thing like house breaking. Oh and all gets done to catch them, What about all the others that is seriouse crime, How much get spend to catch them, and if caught they sit in prison, use tax money for what??? death penalty still proofs lesser murders in an Country.

  • Creeky - 2011-06-27 05:15

    Kharma is a B*tch.

  • Cat Morgan - 2015-08-14 21:16

    IF Botswana can have death sentence why not try it here. It will make a difference.

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