Cape Town – A man who falsely claims he was robbed of R10,000 by three gunmen is due to appear in Athlone Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
The 37-year-old reported the suspected theft to Manenberg police station on Monday, police spokesman Col. AndrÃ¨ Traut said. He alleged he was robbed by three armed suspects in a VW Polo while riding his motorcycle on Comet Road in the Surrey Estate.
After being confronted with evidence to the contrary, the suspect admitted to police that he had fabricated the case.
Eager to solve the case, detectives followed all leads, which ultimately called the complainant a delinquent. Faced with the evidence, the suspect admitted that he was never robbed and that he fabricated the case, ” Traut said.
He was arrested yesterday and is expected to appear in Athlone Magistrates’ Court for perjury.
‘The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Western Cape Police, Major General Thembisile Patekile, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the investigation and said people should learn from it and think twice before lie under oath to report spurious cases to the police, ” Traut said.
In 2019, a 39-year-old Capetonian appeared in court after lying about the theft of more than Rand 500,000 and three cell phones by police officers from the CBD store where he worked.
However, CCTV camera footage showed that no crime had taken place. He admitted he made up the whole story because he lost the money that was intended for his employer.