Suspect's mom refuses to keep mum

2012-06-25 14:37

Johannesburg - A suspected robber's attempt to hide evidence was thwarted when his mother told the police about his intentions, Soweto police said on Monday.

The woman visited her son, 23, in custody on Sunday after his arrest at the weekend in connection with an armed robbery, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele.

"He told the mother when she got home she must remove his firearm from a drawer and hide it in the ceiling," he said.

However, after her visit, the woman went straight to police officers and told them of his plan.

Makhubele said the police took the man out of cells and back to his house to show them the firearm in the drawer.

"The firearm was found," he said.

The man would now face an additional charge of the possession of an unlicensed firearm when he appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on an armed robbery charge.

He allegedly robbed a shop in Naledi, Soweto, of airtime, cash, cigarettes and other items last month.

Makhubele said the mother had taught her son that parents did not always support children who got involved in crime.

"We applaud the mother for what she has done."

  • Anthea - 2012-06-25 14:46

    Us fellow citizens applaud the mother for what she has done. She may very well have prevented a death by handing over the weapon.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-25 15:21

      Well done mama. She was probably tired of him " hanging around " the house, eating her out of " house & home. " Anyway...some peace & quiet for her & us, for a few years...I hope !

      amanda.felton.566 - 2012-06-25 15:46

      yes and when he get out he's gone kill her believe me. REWARDED

      sheda.habib - 2012-06-25 22:01

      It is a tough decision that most parents would not take. She is a braver person than me. I have huge respect for her.

  • Kala - 2012-06-25 14:47

    Mum's the final word! I'll guarantee you my Mom would do the same.

  • naeem.dollie - 2012-06-25 14:51

    Bravo! Mums know best

  • tshepo.g.kutumela - 2012-06-25 14:52

    ...bayafuneka omama abanje; hayi umama ozojabula nje, ebona kungena ama pizza kanti ingane yakhe ayisebenzi #viva 2 abantu abadala abaneqiniso, viva#

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-06-25 14:53

    HAHAHAHA!!! dude was dumb to tell his mom. Moms will always make sure you get punished. nice one Mommy!!

  • Moi - 2012-06-25 15:03

    Well done Mum!!!!

  • Arthur - 2012-06-25 15:05

    Congratulations mom. We need a lot more mothers like you in the "new" S.A. Well done!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-25 15:05

    They say you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family. Good on you madam. Another punk behind bars where he belongs.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-25 15:12

    This is a sad state of affairs. A mother shouldn't have to go through this. At least its one less dangerous criminal off our streets.

  • rina.chesworth - 2012-06-25 15:15

    Dear Mom, this must have been very hard for you. However you did the right thing as your son may have been freed and next time killed innoccent people and children. Young man, I hope you realised that your mother loved you too dearly to let this just pass. Its never too late to turn away from your mistakes even through you will be punished.

      Jolakazi Spakes Mphakathi - 2012-06-25 15:21

      Good mum,these young man must learn that their mothers loves them but not to hurt innocent people.

  • tdshezi - 2012-06-25 15:17

    Wow! This woman deserves a medal for 'Outstanding Citizenship'! She proved that she doesn't support her sons criminal behaviour and the son has surely learned a lesson.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-25 15:22

    This can't be easy since it is her own son. Well done Mom - difficult, but the right decision.

  • Bernadette - 2012-06-25 15:44

    Well Done Mum that was an incredible honourable, brave and hard thing to do, especially with him being your own son. I just pray that he is not aggressive and understands what you did was the right thing to do. I hope and pray that by the time he gets out he understands that you have probably taught him the most valuable lesson that he will ever have to learn and thats crime and harm to others is not the way to go..... Bless you, I respect you and may you always be protected.

  • Fanie Masemene - 2012-06-25 15:51

    It doesn't happen with moms,they usually protect their children even if they were caught red handed.Let your neighnours follow your route.

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-06-25 15:57

    A mother who turns her child in is not doing so out of spite, but out of love for help him. He needs to take resposibility for his actions. Well done mom - from another mother

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-25 16:02

    If he really loved his mother he would not have asked her to do such a thing

  • Hermann - 2012-06-25 16:13

    Give that South African woman a medal!

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-06-25 16:24

    There has been couple of good stories here today and for once the racist keyboard warriors, trolls etc do not have a material to get started..

  • Natsvdm - 2012-06-25 18:06

    The majority of SA citizens applaud this woman of honour.......and some day her son will do the same......well done Mom...

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-06-27 13:43

    We applaud the mother for what she has done - Pity that not all mothers are like that! 'Not my son! Never!

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