Gauteng top cop robbed at gunpoint

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Gauteng deputy police commissioner, Major General Tommy Mthombeni. Photo: @GP_CommSafety/Twitter
Gauteng deputy police commissioner, Major General Tommy Mthombeni. Photo: @GP_CommSafety/Twitter


Gauteng's deputy provincial police commissioner responsible for policing, Major General Tommy Mthombeni, was on Thursday robbed of his service firearm and personal belongings in a brazen armed robbery while visiting a store in Midrand.

Mthombeni was with a friend at the Link Shopping Centre, Unit 12 Northern Dry Cleaners in Midrand when he was accosted by two men who demanded that he hand over his belongings to them.

The police statement reads:

On 2023 /01/26 during the morning at about 11h56 the complainant was at the Link Shopping Centre, Unit 12 Northern Dry Cleaners in Midrand. He was fetching his clothes as he was preparing to attend the National Police Day. The male person by the name of Vengai Pambeni was busy helping him over the counter. All of a sudden he heard the cocking of a firearm at his back. He was then instructed to give all his belongings. While he looked back he saw two (2) x a/males armed with pistols pointing him.

According to the statement, which was leaked to the City Press, the friend who was with him was also robbed at gunpoint.

"At the time the friend, by the name of Johannes Malaka, was also sitting inside the dry cleaners who was also pointed at by the other suspect with a firearm," the statement read.

READ: Three suspects on the run after police commander jacked and robbed

The criminals stole two cellphones - a state-owned iPhone phone valued at R17 000 and his privately-owned iPhone phone valued at R25 000 - a Patek Phillip replica wrist watch valued at R3 000 and R2 100 in cash. The criminals also stole his black Gucci bag and black Panorama leather belt valued R2 500.

They also stole his passport, ID card, Mercedes-Benz cabriolet key, Glock firearm and an extra 30-round.
the statement read.

The suspects, who are alleged to have been following the two, fled the scene in a silver-grey i20 Hyundai with a GP number plate.

Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe confirmed that a case of armed robbery was being investigated by the police and said the police were requesting assistance in locating the suspects.

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