Alleged Golden Arrow robbers arrested after commuters recognise them

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Men lined up outside a Golden Arrow bus in Cape Town.
Men lined up outside a Golden Arrow bus in Cape Town.
City of Cape Town law enforcement
  • Golden Arrow has commended commuters for helping to secure the arrest of alleged robbers.
  • The four suspects boarded a bus between Claremont and Makhaza in Cape Town.
  • Two were arrested after they were identified by their alleged victims.

Golden Arrow commuters have been commended for their quick thinking after alerting authorities that their alleged robbers from previous days were on board.

Four suspects were on the Claremont-Makhaza bus route on Wednesday when victims, who had been robbed on three different days, recognised them, said City of Cape Town law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason.

At 17:20, the bus stopped on the corner of Robert Sobukwe and Duinefontein Roads and the suspected robbers were pointed out to the law enforcement reaction team.

"The officers then interviewed the four to get further information," he said.

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One commuter gave a description and identified the man who robbed her on a bus on 31 June and 25 July.

"One suspect on the bus was found to match her description and positively identified," said Dyason.

'Robbed'

Another commuter identified a man who allegedly robbed her of her cellphone on Monday.

The officers transported the two alleged robbers to Philippi East police station, where they were arrested.

"We are very relieved that the alleged perpetrators have been apprehended. We believe strongly that the only way to remedy the situation is for these perpetrators to be caught and to face the full might of the law," said Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer.

She said they relied on the skills and authority of SAPS and law enforcement to arrest brazen criminals.

"We would also like to commend our passengers for their quick thinking as they played a vital role in the arrests.

"We urge anyone with any information regarding the identities of these criminals to please come forward."

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