The former mayor of Newcastle has been found guilty of incitement to commit common assault. Photo: Pixabay

‘Wall breaking’ armed robbers appear in court

The three armed robbers allegedly managed to smash through the brick wall of two shops where they then robbed employees.


The former mayor of Newcastle has been found guilty of incitement to commit common assault. Photo: Pixabay

Three suspected ‘wall breaking’ armed robbers appeared in the Heilbron Magistrates’ Court on Monday. 

The three suspects Linda Mthalane 23, Edwin Dube 31 and  Thembane Dube 32 were arrested after allegedly breaking down the walls of two shops during separate incidents in Metsimaholo in Oranjeville on Sunday, 21 November 2021.

SAPS spokesperson Captain, Malebo Khosana, said the suspects’ court appearance had followed two reports about the men’s alleged criminal activities.

“The first complainant, a 27-year-old female alleged that she was fast asleep in her bedroom inside the shop when she heard a disturbing bang on the wall of her room and voices of people talking outside,” Khosana said.

“They hit the wall again with something and pieces of bricks fell inside her room. She tried to reach her cellphone to call the shop owner,” he said.

However, he said that at that moment she allegedly noticed a man wearing a balaclava leaning through the hole in the wall. She further alleged that he had then pointed a firearm at her and ordered her to stop trying to call for help. He demanded her cellphone and also robbed her of her silver wrist watch and R14 in cash.

Wall breaking robbers target second shop

In the second case, a 39–year-old Metsimaholo resident alleged that on the same day at about 04:00 am he was also sleeping in his bedroom inside a shop, when he heard a bang on the wall of his room. He further alleged that he jumped out of bed and ran into the shop space.

“The complainant further reported that three unknown males entered the shop, two of them armed with firearms, which they pointed at him and ordered him to lay on the floor. While lying on the floor he heard their voices inside the shop speaking in Zulu,” he said.

“After a few minutes they left and that is when he noticed that they had taken cigarettes, cash money, his clothes, Huawei and Itel cell phones. He also noticed that the suspects gained entrance through a hole on the wall made by hitting a wall with a precast pole,” Khosana added.

Khosana said police arrested three suspects in connection with the robberies on the same day.

“The reported stolen property was recovered during their arrest. The trio is possible suspects in these two robbers,” he said.

The suspects will remain in custody pending their next court appearance in the Heilbron Magistrates’ Court on Monday 29 November 2021