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cops 'tipped off' but gang strikes

By Frank Maponya | Sep 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HEADS are expected to roll at the Bela-Bela municipality after armed robbers stole R1,6million from the offices at gunpoint earlier this month.

This was despite the municipal authorities and police having been tipped off.

The stolen cash was collected from local residents for municipal services.

Of grave concern is that the municipal officials kept the money at the offices instead of banking it.

Police were also allegedly tipped off about the impending robbery but did nothing to prevent it.

A source said the robbery was believed to be an inside job.

"The robbers actually did nothing to threaten people's lives during the robbery," said the source.

A councillor at the municipality, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said a council meeting scheduled for tomorrow would push for the suspension of municipal manager Sam Bambo.

Bambo is reported to have failed to act despite being told of the impending robbery.

Municipality spokesperson Matome Sebelebele said the matter was now in the hands of the police.

"We are confident that by working with the police we'll be able to bring everybody involved in this matter to book.

"We also call on members of the public to assist with information that can lead to the arrest of the robbers," Sebelebele said.

He confirmed that Bambo had been informed about the planned robbery but said he had passed on the information to the relevant managers.

Sebelebele said the robbers fled with only R428000.

But the sources insisted that R1,6million was stolen.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Ronel Otto said yesterday that police were investigating the robbery.

"We will also investigate the allegations that our members dragged their feet after being informed about the planned robbery," Otto said.

Local government and housing spokesperson Clayson Monyela said they would wait until the police investigation was completed before taking any action.


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