Two suspects were arrested in Lwandle for perjury after police investigation proved that they lied under oath. The suspects who work for a bread delivery company, alleged that they were about to leave a shop, situated at Masakhane Street, when they were approached by seven male suspects on Wednesday 2 September.
One suspect, they alleged, with a firearm opened the driver’s door and demanded cash. According to information given to the police two suspects jumped in the truck and drove with the pair to deliver the bread to nine other shops and then took all the money.
Lwandle police spokesperson Sgt Mthokozisi Gama said when the two men opened the case with the police they claimed the suspects took their cellphones and truck keys. A case of armed robbery was opened.
However, during an investigation detectives picked up some discrepancies in their statements. “Police detectives took one suspect to visit the shops where they delivered bread. The video footage viewed at one Somali shop displayed no robbery incident that took place.
“Upon that investigation, police discovered the two men lied and they eventually confessed that they were never robbed. Police also found an undisclosed amount of money in their possession which they claimed that was taken by robbers,” said Gama.
A case of perjury and theft was opened.
The two suspects aged 35 and 38 were then arrested. They appeared at the Strand magistrate’s court on Friday 4 September. They were both released on R500 bail.
Gama warned residents not to open false cases with the police.