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Robbery complainant arrested for perjury
2021/05/20

 

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE - The thorough investigation by detectives of Manenberg into the circumstances of an armed robbery led to the arrest of a suspect, however the suspect was the one who falsely reported the case to SAPS.

The 37-year-old man approached Manenberg police on Monday 2021-05-17 claiming that he was robbed of R10 000-00 by three armed suspects in a VW Polo while he was riding his motorcycle in Comet Road in Surrey Estate. Eager to solve the case, the detectives followed up on all leads, which ultimately fingered the complainant as the offender. Confronted with the evidence, the suspect admitted that he was never robbed and that he fabricated the case.

He was arrested yesterday and is expected to make his court appearance tomorrow in Athlone on a case of perjury. The acting provincial commissioner of the Western Cape police, Major General Thembisile Patekile expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the investigation and said that people should learn from this, and think twice before lying under oath to report fallacious cases to police.   

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