Petros family in shock after burglary

2011-06-25 13:21

Cape Town - Gauteng police commissioner General Mzwandile Petros and his family were left in shock after a robbery at their home in Bryanston on Friday night, EWN reported on Saturday.

Eyewitness News reported that Petros’s wife was inside the house and raised the alarm when the robbers broke. They reported that the family did not come into direct contact with the perpetrators and nobody was hurt.

“…Anybody would be shocked at an incident like this, so the commissioner is shocked,” Petros's spokesperson Neville Malila was quoted as saying.

The gang got made off with a plasma TV.

It is not clear how the robbers gained entry into the property, but it is suspected they climbed over one of the walls.

Earlier, it was reported that there were apparently about 20 cars parked outside the commissioner’s house and officials were seen carrying out boxes of evidence.

  • Uthando - 2011-06-25 13:25

    "The gang got made off with a plasma TV." *blank stare* Is this the result of "Phuza Friday" News24???

      ???? - 2011-06-25 13:58

      @Sir Eidolon, I agree.News24 is becoming pathetic.Poor articles,poorly written articles and excessive sensorship.Obviously vulgar and racist words shouldnt be allowed,but debate is still debate and freedom of speech should be encouraged,but in a decent manner

      eh eh eh - 2011-06-25 14:09

      Unfortunate but the Commish has now had a first hand taste of what he and his incompetent staff mean to criminals - zilch!

      leerobbertse - 2011-06-25 14:15

      This is no insurance scam, its serious stuff !!!!

      Grazy - 2011-06-25 14:28

      Me produce third wold scratch and blank stare. Eichhhh

      horsehair - 2011-06-25 14:31

      No one cares, least us former victims... you got off very lightly. Watch the security paid for by the tax man around this precious flowers house now.

      leerobbertse - 2011-06-25 14:36

      Hope those officials carrying away evidence and not raiding the rest of the Commissioners house. anything is possible!

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-06-25 14:47

      @horsehair: I lived across the street from General Petros when he was still serving in the Western Cape. He made me feel really safe - there was ALWAYS a manned patrol vehicle parked in front of his house. Invariably, when I asked the occupants if they were guarding their boss, they'd respond that they were patrolling the area. Yeah right! :D

      R.Suppards - 2011-06-25 17:07

      NEWS 24 IS a FRAUD< keepps deleting relevant comments

      Worldwise - 2011-06-25 19:48

      News24 even deletes comments that are fact but inconvenient truths. Just try writing anything truthful but inconvenient about Nelson Mandela and your comment is deleted. News24 seems to pander to the ruling party's version of history when deciding what to censor. - 2011-06-26 11:28

      @UTHANDO: "The gang got made off with a plasma TV." *rofl* Thees gremma chek, she ees not wekkin!! *hehehe* WTF is Phuza Friday?? :)

      Celery - 2011-06-26 15:24

      Yeh, its becoming as bad as IOL :-)

  • Marius - 2011-06-25 13:27

    Tee Hee Hee!!! No symphathy.

      Krolie - 2011-06-25 19:24

      What's good for the goose, is good for the gander! - 2011-06-26 00:52

      aaah shame....! Like we should give a damn that they are in shock???! People all over SA are robbed, raped, murdered all the time!! Do the relevant authorities give a damn? NO!

      Jack - 2011-06-26 10:26

      nationalise the police....... oh they are national, ok move on to the mines.

  • ???? - 2011-06-25 13:28

    Now this is a serious blow to the morale of ordinary south africans.If the provincial commissioner is also at risk,then what does the future hold for us if it wasnt a planned event to make the government look even more useless?

  • Uthando - 2011-06-25 13:29

    "Boxes of evidence" for a plasma TV robbery?? Seriously??

      Mr D - 2011-06-25 13:42

      Must be stolen property they are removing. Remember when they rade ur house they will also take a lot of things including ur gun ur money that was in ur wallet, ur DVD's and any CD's they can lay their hands on O yes dont forget ur laptop and PC will also been taken away to be inspected just in case u are a enemy of the state, dosentmatterwhoyouare....this is how the SAPF operates they are like the old SAP....

      call a spade - 2011-06-25 15:03

      UTHANDO my thoughts precisely "boxes of evidence" hopefuuly not to inflate an insurance claim.

      erez24 - 2011-06-25 22:11

      its looks like the 'robbers" new exactly what they came in for !!! the plasma is just .... now he know why the procidures in place for sensitive files eish .... shouldnt take work to home ....

  • masilu - 2011-06-25 13:34

    Welcome to Gauteng Mr Commissioner.

      Uthando - 2011-06-25 13:38

      Nah...Welcome to South Africa, is more like it...

      Macho Mike - 2011-06-25 15:17

      Eish, now da Komissioner she does know how the rest of South Africa feels. Hau, don't cry Komissioner, you and your family were not harmed or shot, or raped, or beaten.

  • kleinkoppi - 2011-06-25 13:40

    Boxes of evidence for a plasma TV... Sounds funny, If someone got shot they would have then broken down the house...LOL Mzwandile Petros... So now you see... There is a problem... EVEN YOU GOT ROBBED. I'm just glad no one got hurt.

      Uthando - 2011-06-25 13:47

      "If someone got shot they would have then broken down the house...LOL" *giggle*

      Grazy - 2011-06-25 14:33

      They need all the evidence they can get, preverably the robbers also. Be glad they did not took the roof of the house also. If they can get the guilty ones also they may deside it was a tru case they have to work on, and that means work, not kentucy and a shady tree.

  • Slapper - 2011-06-25 13:40

    Perhaps they now know what we have to live with. Now we will probably have to pay for around the clock security at the taxpayers expense. Life is tough at the top, even when you dont have a clue.

  • Darter - 2011-06-25 13:41

    I dont understand South Africans. Yes, the 20 car response is over the top (but since this is news24, you cant be sure if they were all police cars or mixed in with private cars of family and friends) Anyways....if the Commissioner had 24 hour security payed for by the state, most of you would be complaining, saying its a waste of taxpayers money and he's acting better than everyone else. When there is no security, you say "how safe are we if the commissioner can get robbed?". Where is the logic behind that statement? Did the robbers first add the dude on facebook, invite him over for tea, then rob him? Or did they rob a random house which they thought had valuable goods? Just like any other house robbery. Do you want the guy to have private security or not...please make up your minds. Also, most people will comment as if Petros is sitting on his ass doing nothing. He was moved from Cape Town to Joburg specifically because of the good work he did in that province (setting up war rooms, etc etc). If you are involved in CPF's in Gauteng, you'd know that Petros is a lot more visible and hands on than any other commissioner before him.

      W H Kotze - 2011-06-25 13:50

      How sure are you that the Commissioners friends and family does not drive police cars? If they did not, it would make this ‘cadre’ a rare specie.

      Uthando - 2011-06-25 13:53

      Darter; 'BOXES' of evidence for 1 stolen plasma?

      Darter - 2011-06-25 13:57

      W H Kotze. So for EXAMPLE... a female friend of Petros, who works in Absa (and wants to check up on the family after hearing the news) would rock up in police flying squad Ford Focus.....interesting

      Uthando - 2011-06-25 13:58

      W H Kotze LOL LOL LOL!!!!! Dead @ 'rare species'

      Darter - 2011-06-25 14:04

      UTHANDO...reading a news report is like playing broken telephone. And on news24 its exponentially harder. Boxes of evidence...yes, what does that mean? What are you implying? It could have been a box containing finger print kits for all you or I know.

      horsehair - 2011-06-25 14:38

      Again, no former victims care as he is part of something that has not worked for over a decade. The last time I had to deal with the SAPS they told me not to waste their time. F&CK them and their bribes at road blocks.

      Bokkie 36 - 2011-06-25 14:40

      Everybody knows they don't just randomly burglar a house, it gets watched for days before they strike. But the boxes of evidence for the theft one plasma TV really tickles me too!

      Benny66 - 2011-06-25 14:57

      Darter. It says boxeS (plural) of EVIDENCE. No mention is made of finger prints at all. I taje your point that the boxes could "mean anything" but it does come over a bit strange that they should be carrying out boxes of evidence. If it were for fingerprints then surely they would have sent in a team of fingerprint experts to the scene? (or perhaps they were on lunch?) It could, of course, been an inside job and the plasma TV not being enough of a steal sent in the team again in the guise of investigators - no?

      oxygen - 2011-06-25 15:34

      War Rooms.

      W H Kotze - 2011-06-25 17:01

      Darter, is that an oblique caution against corruption at ABSA?

      5 slot - 2011-06-25 18:16

      and then I still can't understand why "ordinary" citizens battle to get one police vehicle at their residence when a far more serious crime has been committed! Lifting fingerprints!!!!!! Wow, have you ever tried getting fingerprint experts at your house after a burglary? I furthermore sincerely hope that no police official respond to any of these posts as it will inevitably lead to their suspension and ultimately their dismissal! Come on General, tell us why you get such 5 star treatment for a lousy Plasma TV getting stolen

      Darter - 2011-06-25 18:50

      BENNY66 - My point about the boxes was that we're reading this news article from the same site that runs a story about "a cop shooting a man with a knife". I dont understand how people can picture the full story in just a few paragraphs, add to that the general lack of good journalism on this site.

      erez24 - 2011-06-25 22:22

      petrus is very good - it seems to be its his second robbery - the first was when he was robbed from the cape , sorry but he was so rapidly removed to gouteng why ? so they can allso can come up with some good crime fight statistics = like it was only in the cape till now ....

  • v3 - 2011-06-25 13:42

    So the crooks forget that some cadres are untouchable? Generalissimo Cele, you have to fight all crime, it knows no barriers, class or race.

  • the_truth - 2011-06-25 13:45

    Why the shock, it's their parners in crime........

  • powerslave - 2011-06-25 13:45

    Robbing the police chief, stealing guns from a police staion...etc... Only in SA! These criminals fear nobody it seems, i've come to the conclusion that crime pays!

  • jock - 2011-06-25 13:48

    man i enjoyed this

      POLLENYS - 2011-06-25 13:56

      Yes - nice to see the crime malaise strike at the top. Maybe this will get the idea of zero tolerance of crime and corruption through. Fat chance of that happening though. We've lost the fight, it will only get worse.

  • the_truth - 2011-06-25 13:48

    ja, steal evidence, what the hell is evidence doing at his home anyway. i suppose he wanted to destroy evidence to keep friends out of jail!!!!!

      kitchenboy3 - 2011-06-25 13:56

      do you even know how to read or interpret what you read?

      POLLENYS - 2011-06-25 13:58

      Sure, this "boxes of evidence" needs clearing up by News24. Another example of poor, incomplete reporting.

  • Ant138 - 2011-06-25 13:55

    They should have cleaned out his house so that he could really experience what we have to deal with. Just maybe the useless, spineless, BEE wannabe cop will get of his @ss and address crime seriously & reinstate real cops to do the job! 20 cars ???? He should be fired for wasting state resources and keeping cops from performing their real duties.

  • Ivym - 2011-06-25 13:57

    Who says it was a robbery, it was most probably his son who is a criminal. What goes around comes around Mr Petros - go back to teaching you were never a policeman and never will be.

  • A380meerkat - 2011-06-25 13:58

    Now there you have it commissioner........welcome to the club -Off robbed and killed farmers of which your puppet handlers denies is a problem

  • apshowe - 2011-06-25 13:59

    The average Plasma TV weighs in at 35kg PLUS! Strange that they take that and not easily lifted items like laptops, cd players, cellphones etc, specially as they had to lug it over a 2.5 metre security wall! And boxes of evidence????? What the F! When I was burgled and they took over R100 000 worth of stuff ( not my Plasma or LCD TV), it took the cops 4 hours to respond and the perp's were caught by local neighbourhood watch, not the cops. No, 20 cars, no boxes of evidence being removed and in fact no one to even take fingerprints until four weeks after the event! What really happened here?

  • baasdingane - 2011-06-25 14:00

    Good. As a victim of crime, I have little sympathy. Im glad the petros family also experience crime like the rest of us. With a bit of luck because they are "high profile" something may be done about the situation.

  • dingane - 2011-06-25 14:00

    I think you should employ people who are fluent in English. However, if more of the top police officers and politicians were to become victims of crime perhaps, just maybe perhaps, something would be done to combat crime.

      baasdingane - 2011-06-25 14:26

      Splendid work dingane. I`m on the same page.

      Jannie - 2011-06-25 14:59

      Yes, they will combat crime by assigning cops to guard their areas and specially the new shebeen opened in parliament. O yes, they may need more guards for Malema's safety... so there goes a couple more cops

  • zpm5402 - 2011-06-25 14:00

    Ag Shame. Now you get closer to what thousands of South Africans experience everyday. I hope the robbers took enough of your stuff so that you also want to move to Australia

      Boab - 2011-06-26 11:42

      My family too were in shock after our burglary - but the police did not answer the Crimestoppers phone line. The nice policeman that we collected from the police station by car then refused to investigage any further, saying that by being there he had tampered with evidence. We were lucky, I guess, that he did not make off with boxes and boxes of evidence!

  • Alan - 2011-06-25 14:02

    "20 cars parked outside the commissioner’s house and officials were seen carrying out boxes of evidence." WOW!!! When my home was burgled for the third time in 1 year, the police didnt bother!! Why the OTT response for a TV? Oh I forgot, I am not one of the elite.

  • Vlooi - 2011-06-25 14:06

    "Petros family in shock after burglary" - you should have seen mine when a family member was killed in a farm attack.

  • longgone - 2011-06-25 14:13

    I agree with the readers. News 24 does not have the right to block or censor our letters. I however agree to Racist and bad language used. Back to the Police Commissioner. Firstly what made him think he was immune. Secondly who cares what happens to him, it happens to many other families daily. Printing this article police in even more bad light. Ladies and gentlemen from the time of the robbery onwards you will be short of two policemen from the area, as they will post one in the day shift another night shift to secure the home of the Commissioner.

  • Ai - 2011-06-25 14:14

    Was tv made of platinum or gold ? The rest of South Africa will have already claimed from insurance before the police would have bothered to show up, but his tv gets stolen and the whole police force pitches up funny how that works ?????

  • ernst.harmzen - 2011-06-25 14:14

    now some one knows how the rest of SA feel. the only thing is he had 20 cars responding to this ,for a tv . we battle to get 1 car to respond to more serious offences.

  • Belinda Bee - 2011-06-25 14:20

    Why be left in "shock" it happens to the best of us...

  • - 2011-06-25 14:23

    Weird, what were "boxes of evidence" doing at a private residence?This whole setup smells......

  • Gavin - 2011-06-25 14:26

    "The gang got made off with a plasma TV" News 24 - Tha hood edition

  • Debbie - 2011-06-25 14:27

    What type of evidence can be taken away "in boxes" for the theft of a tv?? oh yes --- evidence that goes missing. The help yourself investigation squad

  • Cheryl - 2011-06-25 14:29

    20 cars parked outside and "boxes of evidence" being carried out - what about the thousands and thousands of ordinary cutuzens who do come into contact with the criminals, those who injured, those who are raped, those who are forced to watch their loved beings raped and even murdered - where are the cars and ecicence seekers for them? This is a sick sick society we live in

  • Amratian - 2011-06-25 14:31

    What comes round goes round

  • YES - 2011-06-25 14:31

    I concur fully with criticism madec against New24. If you look at their sports page, there is little about local football unlike rugby and cricket. It is further a good medium for peopole who field racist comments everyday.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-06-25 14:36

    Apalling article, not only for the ambiguous content, but also the shockingly poor use of the language. It seems the weekend staff need retraining.

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-06-25 14:54

      The weekend staff is pretty good at deleting negative comments about their content though. When their supervisors return on Monday, all the errors will be corrected, and these comments gone.

  • bosegoos - 2011-06-25 14:43

    Petros family in schock. Just imagine how WO Odendal and his partner's family felt when they were instructed to apologise to Lady Winnie after the highway debacle.

  • Sir Eidolon - 2011-06-25 14:50

    My guess is there will also be a claim for R100k in cash that was stolen from his house.

  • Wes - 2011-06-25 14:51

    Bags of evidence could be all the stuff he has stolen from the state etc

  • - 2011-06-25 14:51

    Cannot understand why a realistic post was deleted????? Say again,what were boxes of evidence doing at a private residence,what did they contain, this whole "burglary" smells.....

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-06-25 14:56

      If you read carefully, you will see your comment wasn't deleted. Unless you didn't click on the 'Read more comments' button, of course :D

  • MalemaSeMoeder - 2011-06-25 14:55

    Comes to show that these high rankings think they are different to others perhaps better. Wonder what security system the taxpayer will pay for now that they are shocked.

  • Lekabisto - 2011-06-25 15:13

    They should be glad they are only getting to deal with shock, the rest of the south african mere citizens, have dealt with more over less because of crime in our country, families have dealt with grief of losing a breadwinner in a family over a cellphone because of crime!

  • burt - 2011-06-25 15:16

    So they got what happens to thousands of south Africans every day! Now he knows how we feel. So where the criminals black or white? Oh crap i am being a racist? By the way i am classified as being a black South Afircan! - 2011-06-26 02:09

      Odds: 100 to 1 they were black, any bets?

      sushiqueen2 - 2011-06-27 14:14


  • brinjal - 2011-06-25 15:26

    it was reported that there were apparently about 20 cars parked outside "the commissioner’s house and officials were seen carrying out boxes of evidence." All this for a TV????? we don't get this type of service from the police, wow 20 cars!

  • Robbie - 2011-06-25 15:30

    Good i'm glad the Petros family is in shock,and they only got your TV. Now see what us South Africans go through every day,and much much worse than the theft of your pathetic TV!!!!

  • BernieK - 2011-06-25 15:31

    Petros deserves this. My previous comment was deleted by the News24 watch dogs by the way! Many other families are also in shock after criminal activiteis against them, so welcome Petros - nice feeling huh? Please go rob malema as well!

  • madmax07 - 2011-06-25 15:53

    avatar madmax07 - Just posted Report comment The grammar in this article is appalling! 'Petros's wife never came into direct contact with the perpetrators' Mmmm.....isn't this rather convenient? I don't want to be insensitive if this is true, so I'll let it go.

  • Volker Blok - 2011-06-25 16:12

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha not cool to rob the highest police official....when caught they will surely be in a lot of trouble, but when my stuff is taken it is just " forgotten"........only a plasma with 20 cars, come on....luckily nobody was hurt.

  • slg - 2011-06-25 16:25

    I'm sorry this happened Mzwandile. Thankfully your family was not hurt. I do also feel that it is a good thing. It should strengthen your resolve to root out crime in South Africa.

  • al_bundy - 2011-06-25 17:37

    "Before the robbers broke"?? Did she interrogate them? "Anybody would be shocked so the commissioner is shocked." Bwah ha ha ha ha , bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaa. 20 police vehicles? The choppers must have been without fuel, all the money spent on national police day. Bwah ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Daan - 2011-06-25 17:48

    Ha Ha Ha! Crime? What crime?

  • cgtours - 2011-06-25 18:18

    His family is in shock!! This is riduclous!-Has he visited any of the Farm Murder Scenes? He must take his wife and family along so that they can see what is SHOCK !!Living protected, they have no bloody idea how the rest of the Country is living. ALL their guards etc should be removed and the should live like we have to. I hope they burgle them every week and they also get to suffer like many of us.She is fortunate she was not raped, not shot! niot burned with hot irons/plastic/kettles for her Pin Numbers- Does this socalled Family realise they have NO SYMPATHY from the Citizens of this Country and they must bear the brunt also more. After all- they live in luxury- better to burgle them than to waste your time somewhere where there is no money !That is what Criminals must realise- there is more for them in the homes in the so called Priveledged for their same effort.

  • al_bundy - 2011-06-25 18:41

    An incompetent police force from top to bottom. A quick review. Unarmed woman shot & killed by policeman for parking offence. Patrons at night club brutally assaulted by police. The Winnie Mandela highway circus. R6m spent on police day festivities. Yes festivities. Police blatantly shoot and kill protester. Numerous firearms stolen from police stations. Policemen caught sleeping on duty in patrol vehicle. Police vehicle "out of control" kills school children. The police headquarters fiasco. May I please also mention the fact that the SAPS is there to do you a favour (if and when they feel like it) not to serve you. After all, I AM A POLICEMAN AND YOU ARE ONLY AN ORDINARY CITIZEN.