Mom turns son over to cops
A suspected robber’s attempt to hide evidence was thwarted when his mother told the police about his intentions, Soweto police say
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.”
- GUARD WOUNDS MAN AT JABULANI MALL
A female security guard shot and wounded a suspected tile thief, who pretended to have a gun, early on Monday morning, said Soweto police.
The woman was guarding a storeroom, behind Jabulani Mall, filled with construction materials, when two men broke in and allegedly tried to steal tiles, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele.
“When she saw them, she told them to stop, but one man pretended as if he had a gun,” he said.
“Then the security guard pulled out her gun and shot at the suspect.” A 22-year-old man was wounded in the left leg. He was arrested and was under police guard in hospital.
As soon as he was discharged, he would appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on a theft charge.
Police were still searching for the other man.
Makhubele said the guard’s gun had been confiscated and sent for ballistics testing.
- WOMAN GANG-RAPED NEAR TAXI RANK
A woman was gang-raped in Mapetla, Soweto, at the weekend, police said on Monday.
Warrant Officer Arinao Kharibe said a man was arrested shortly after the woman’s cousin alerted the police about the rape on Saturday.
The 31-year-old woman and her cousin had been walking to a taxi rank when two armed men accosted them.
The cousin fled, but the woman was dragged to an open space behind Merafe hostel and raped by the two armed men.
“They called their two friends who joined in to rape her,” Kharibe said.
The man arrested would appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday.