‘I’ll set my lions on the cops’

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Pretoria - Drama unfolded at a farm outside the city on Tuesday when a farmer who was caught red-handed receiving stolen city council diesel chased police with a bulldozer and threatened to set his lions on them.

The farmer only calmed down after police, who initially ran for dear life, threatened to gun down the animals if he let them loose.

It all started when a City of Tshwane employee was arrested at the farm in Bultfontein, north of the city, where he was caught delivering diesel worth R77 000, belonging to the municipality.

The man is the 10th municipal employee to be arrested in a week for stealing fuel from the City of Tshwane.

The employee, who works at a depot of the roads and stormwater department in Soshanguve, gave up quickly when he was arrested and co-operated with police. But the farmer, in a twist of events, tried to set his lions on the arresting officers.

“He said if we do not leave him alone, he’d set his lions on us,” said Dorothy Mmushi, head of the City of Tshwane’s investigations unit, adding that the farmer also owned hyenas and wild dogs.

An officer of the investigations department followed the municipal employee after suspicions arose over extremely high fuel usage within the municipality.

The employee filled a tank with 3 500 litres of diesel at the depot and drove to the farm.

Investigators witnessed him enter the farm and saw him leave half an hour later to refill the tank with another 3 500 litres of diesel at a municipal depot in Akasia.

Again he returned to the farm and came out half an hour later.

“As he got out to close the gate we confronted and arrested him,” said the investigating officer, who for security reasons cannot be named.

When the officers entered the smallholding, they found a trailer with a large tank full of diesel on it.

The owner of the farm, who is known to the Pretoria News but cannot be identified until he appears in court, chased the officers from his property with a bulldozer.

“We called the Tshwane metro police and the SAPS in to help us. When they arrived we re-entered the property, but the trailer with the tank was gone,” the investigator said.

It is yet to be found.

Mmushi said it was improbable that the farmer was unaware that he was buying stolen fuel.

“The truck is labelled as property of the City of Tshwane and the farmer was paying a fraction of the normal fuel price,” she said.

It is alleged the employee charged the farmer R120 for 25 litres of diesel.

“This is half of what the normal selling price for diesel is,” she said.

The farmer refused to talk to or co-operate with the police.

“He tried to force the police vehicles off his property with a bulldozer,” said Mmushi.

When he failed to remove the officers, he threatened to let his lions loose on them.

“It is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Mmushi.

Police officers ran for dear life when the farmer tried to set the lions free, she said.

A member of the Hammans-kraal SAPS managed to calm the farmer down and persuade him to co-operate, explaining to him that the police would shoot the animals if they were set loose.

The farmer and the employee, a 42-year old man, were arrested.

They face charges of possession of stolen property and theft.

When he was caught, the employee admitted guilt.

It is expected the pair will appear in court soon.

It could not be confirmed whether the lions, hyenas and wild dogs were kept on the farm legally.

“We are concerned and we will look into the legality of the animals,” Mmushi said.

The investigation into the sky-high use of fuel within the municipality has been going on for the past three weeks and, according to Mmushi, more arrests are imminent.

Mmushi said fuel usage within the municipality was high and an audit revealed overspending on petrol and diesel.

“The only way to apprehend suspects is to catch them red-handed,” Mmushi said.

Last week, seven municipal workers from the agriculture and environmental depot in Centurion were also arrested for fuel theft.

It is believed they supplied fuel to a syndicate.

In a separate operation last week, two Emergency Services employees were also arrested for fuel theft, making Tuesday’s suspect the 10th council employee to be arrested within a week.

Mmushi encouraged the public to report suspicious activity to the investigations unit.

“When people see municipal trucks off-loading fuel at private properties, they should call our corruption line,” she said.
 

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“He tried to force the police vehicles off his property with a bulldozer,” said Mmushi.

When he failed to remove the officers, he threatened to let his lions loose on them.

“It is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Mmushi.

Police officers ran for dear life when the farmer tried to set the lions free, she said.
Sounds like a scene from a Leon Schuster production.
 
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Is it safe to assume that this corrupt farmer was white and a boer? WTF :D
Yes it is. And if they manage to prove he organised or even knew about the scam then he should rot in jail with all the others involved. But that's just me. However, one should not concentrate on the farmer or the people to whom he may have further sold the diesel. The main culprit is the municipal worker. The farmer can be charged with possession of stolen property and if there is enough evidence that he was part of the scheme, he can be charged with theft. Theft is the serious crime here. Lets hope for the prosecution of all and everybody involved. I wonder how many more people/farmers bought diesel from the corrupt officials.
 
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All people can be criminals. I do however find it interesting that in all related news articles contains comments that are related to the farmer being white… and what about it?

Example:
A farmer committing crime? That is unheard of. One only hears about the narrative of all farmers being law abiding citizens who are at the receiving end of crime for no reasons other than their skin color.
What the people should know is that most people are pointing to corruption in the ANC who is primarily running this country, not because they are black.
 

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@Fulcrum +1 Although some people in here seem to worry more about the farmer's skin color then the corrupt municipality official/worker. It would not surprise me if the buyer/s were white and it won't surprise me either if the corrupt official will not only keep his job but he will even be promoted to mayor or something similar. WTF
 

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How do you set your lions on people. Wonder how that works. I've tried the "sick'em fluffy" with my cats many times, but other than a few :wtf: and :erm: expressions I've had no luck.
 

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shiza, this is probably only the tip of the ice berg, and only in Tshwane. What about in all the other little dorpies and JHB etc. Once again it is poor management of your employees and assets, surely his manager needs to know what he is doing, or supposed to be doing for Tshwane today? How many hjours did it take to deliver this fuel? His manager should also stand trial for deriliction of duties. It screams incompetence!
 

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shiza, this is probably only the tip of the ice berg, and only in Tshwane. What about in all the other little dorpies and JHB etc. Once again it is poor management of your employees and assets, surely his manager needs to know what he is doing, or supposed to be doing for Tshwane today? How many hjours did it take to deliver this fuel? His manager should also stand trial for deriliction of duties. It screams incompetence!
Wishful thinking. Show me one ANC led municipality without corruption. The manager and the manager's manager got their share. But that's not relevant. WTF Look at the presumably white farmer, look at the buldozer and the lions. There is were the problem lies :D
 

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@Fulcrum +1 Although some people in here seem to worry more about the farmer's skin color then the corrupt municipality official/worker. It would not surprise me if the buyer/s were white and it won't surprise me either if the corrupt official will not only keep his job but he will even be promoted to mayor or something similar. WTF
Was the corrupt municipal worker chasing them with a bulldozer and threatening them with lions? Is it safe to assume that the white farmer is the one with all these assets and the wealth in this story? Only in Africa. WTF
 

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The Lichtenburg (a ANC-held municipality) residents haven't recieved electricity accounts for something like 5 months now, they just stopped sending them out. WTF? Then there are the water supply and electricity issues in Witbank or whatever the ANC wants to call it now. The municipalities are poorly managed so theft occurs easily. I am surprised they actually caught on to this fuel issue!
 
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"The man is the 10th municipal employee to be arrested in a week for stealing fuel from the City of Tshwane."
I wonder if there is any control whatsoever in that municipality. 10-people arrested in a week! Will they ever learn? I still think they should have arrested the lions. Clearly, it is because of them we are having this in the news :D
 

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"The man is the 10th municipal employee to be arrested in a week for stealing fuel from the City of Tshwane."
I wonder if there is any control whatsoever in that municipality. 10-people arrested in a week! Will they ever learn? I still think they should have arrested the lions. Clearly, it is because of them we are having this in the news :D
Those lions should be apprehended and investigated for fraudulent sales and defeating the ends of justice. They should investigate the lions bank accounts, we can only hope they get to the bottom of this quickly, the poor farmer is the victim in all of this. WTF. how dare those police question him
 

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Those lions should be apprehended and investigated for fraudulent sales and defeating the ends of justice. They should investigate the lions bank accounts, we can only hope they get to the bottom of this quickly, the poor farmer is the victim in all of this. WTF. how dare those police question him
Please brother, let go of this racial hint of yours. You are not helping anyone. Corruption has no color.
 

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Those lions should be apprehended and investigated for fraudulent sales and defeating the ends of justice. They should investigate the lions bank accounts, we can only hope they get to the bottom of this quickly, the poor farmer is the victim in all of this. WTF. how dare those police question him
Aggree. The farmer was not aware of this illegal activities , only the lions were getting the share.
 
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