Police snatch big pot of gold

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

The community respected him and called him uMagolide (Mr Gold).

Yesterday, police raided his premises and arrested him, confiscating nine luxury cars, three ATM machine boxes and an estimated R250000 in cash.

Now they also believe the man is the kingpin behind the spate of ATM bombings.

It all started when Joburg metro police officers stopped a woman and asked her why she was driving a car which had a bullet hole in it.

She led them to a beautiful house in Dobsonville, Soweto, where she said the owner of the car lived.

They were met by a hail of bullets when a number of men emerged from the house. The police retaliated.

"Eight of them ran away. The female driver, who had led police to the house, and a man found in the house were arrested," said police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

Inside the high-walled house were seven luxury vehicles - a Land Rover, BMW sedan, two Citi Golfs, a Volvo sedan, a Mercedes Benz and a VW Polo.

At another house just a street away, the police confiscated another Mercedes Benz and a Honda Ballade.

Police also seized nine firearms, some of which were left behind by the eight men who ran away.

Just behind this upmarket house lives 72-year-old Cawekazi Ntshinga, who was woken up by gunshots, three of which hit her bedroom window.

"I was woken up by voices shouting 'Police! Police'."

"There was loud gunshots and men tried to hide away in my yard. They eventually ran off, leaving their guns behind," said Ntshinga.

One policeman was injured during the exchange of shots.

Nocawu Siyo, who lives in Magolide's house, said the cars did not belong to anyone living in the house.

"These are cars that belong to my brother's friends. They are not his.

"They [the friends] come and park them here and come back to collect them whenever they want them.

"We in the house know nothing about them," said Siyo.