Monday, April 26, 2010

Upmarket Cops and Robbers


I’ve received a number of conflicting news reports today from various sources, regarding today’s arrest of five members of the so-called ‘blue light syndicate’. At this stage I’m not sure whether all five members of the gang were members of the South African Police Force, or whether the gang consisted of a mixture of real and bogus officers.


The suspects were arrested today in the upmarket suburb of Silver Lakes in eastern Pretoria. This area, which consists mainly of luxurious security estates has become very popular among upper-class blacks. It also borders the black township of Mamelodi, so it comes as no surprise that at least two of the suspects are Mamelodi police officers.

According to the SABC news report various police paraphernalia, such as police caps, reflectors, bullet-proof jackets, and police-issue firearms were found on the scene.

The official SAPA report:

Five bluelight suspects held in Pretoria

PRETORIA - Two Mamelodi police officers and three civilians, believed to be part of the blue light syndicate, were arrested in Silver Lakes on Monday, the Hawks said.

“Two of the suspects are women, including one of the officers,” said spokesman Musa Zondi.

The Pretoria rapid response unit and a police team specialising in house and business robberies were conducting surveillance east of Pretoria when they saw a vehicle believed to have been involved in a robbery.

They stopped it, checked it and found that it had been stolen a month ago, said Zondi. The three occupants were arrested.

Police went to the place the three had driven from, where they found two policemen, said Zondi. He would not say whether this was a house.

“It is suspected that the two police officers were trying to possibly hide evidence,” he said.

Police seized an R5 police rifle and a number of pistols.

The five faced charges including illegal possession of arms and ammunition, and driving a stolen vehicle. Police were still trying to determine whether they could be linked to other crimes.

Zondi said the scene was visited by Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele.

Source: www.citizen.co.za

I suppose if all goes well this lot will ‘maybe’ get through the judicial system by the year 2013, --- and IF they do get linked to other crimes the final court trial will most likely take place sometime in the year 2018!!!!!!

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