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Port Elizabeth woman expected in court after opening false robbery case

Mar 18, 2019
Port Elizabeth woman expected in court after opening false robbery case

Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth police have again warned the public against opening false cases as this is an offense that can land a person in jail. This is after a woman was arrested for the offence over the weekend. 

"This is an offence and is punishable by law and will therefore not be tolerated by the South African Police Service," warned police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"A 21-year-old Port Elizabeth woman spent the weekend behind bars after she lied about being robbed at her house in Connaught Avenue in Kensington on Wednesday."

Col Naidu said that the woman reported to police that at about 09:00 on Wednesday morning, she was followed home by two men.

"As she got to her front door, the men approached her and told her that they were municipal plumbers and were there to inspect the plumbing," Col Naidu added.

"The woman further alleged that when she told them to come back when her parents were there, they threatened her with a knife and took her inside.

"A play station was stolen. The woman later came to Mount Road police station to report the incident."

Port Elizabeth woman claimed that robbers took her to Cash Crusaders, Greenacres

The woman further alleged that the suspects took her in their vehicle to Cash Crusaders in Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, to sell it and give them the money.

However, investigations by Mount Road SAPS Cluster Trio Task Team members showed that the woman had not told the truth when she opened her case.

"CCTV footage at Cash Crusaders and other places in the mall revealed that the woman’s version and that which is on camera is contradictory," Col Naidu said.

"The woman was arrested on Saturday, and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of contravening section 9 of the Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths Act 16 of 1963 and theft."

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, sent out a stern warning to the communities that "we will not hesitate to arrest and detain those who open false cases".

"The cases opened are very serious allegations and require intensive investigation which entail many long hours, manpower and resources . These resources could have been fruitfully utilised in more urgent matters of policing," he said.

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