A father is happy that his wish for his alleged gangster daughter has come true - at last - and that she is behind bars.
"I am happy that Thembi has been arrested," Calvin Nkoane told Sowetan,
"Even if it is not in connection with the cases I have been complaining to the police about, I hope justice will take its course."
However, he had to beg the police for years to arrest her and when they did nothing he complained to the Department of Justice, and then to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
Even so, it took the police months to act and, in the meantime, the goods she had allegedly stolen were piling up.
"I strongly suspect she was also involved in cash-in-transit heists because, about a year ago, when my wife and I visited her in Mamelodi, we found her with a friend busy burning dyed R100 and R200 bank notes.
"We again visited her one weekend and my wife found a revolver hidden in the oven of an electric stove.
"Her mother asked what she was doing with it but she just grabbed it and stashed it in the ceiling."
He said he had tried to stop her from bringing stolen goods to his place but she continued.
"Here are some of the items," he said, pointing at jewellery, a music system and a DVD player.
He also showed Sowetan a souvenir gold wrist watch and an expensive necklace which he suspected were stolen.
He said he reported the matter to the Department of Justice "because police had failed to take action in all the cases I have reported to them", starting in 2004.
"Shortly thereafter, one of her male friends came and pointed a firearm at me and warned me to stop interfering in their work.
"I opened a case against him but the police did nothing."
When Sowetan broke the news of her arrest and court case to him, he said he was delighted that the cops had taken action at last.
"I have been complaining to the police for several years but they turned deaf ears to everything I told them about my daughter.
"I recently decided to approach the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who promised to probe the matter."
The DPP in Pretoria yesterday confirmed that the father had lodged a complaint and the matter was receiving attention.
lCatherine Thembi Nkoane, 40, of Mamelodi, was arrested with Nellie Sethosa and Vincent Thabo Mtshweni in Mamelodi, Pretoria, the police confirmed yesterday.
They have been linked to house robberies in Mpumalanga and appeared in the Middelburg magistrate's court on Monday.
They have been remanded in custody until their trial resumes next week.