By Jonk wa Mashamba
The 33-year-old disgraced soccer star, Patric Phungwayo, who once played for Orlando Pirates, has been denied bail after he appeared in Johannesburg Magistrates Court yesterday.
This after he and his accomplice, David Sekgobela were nailed with dangerous weapons while committing serious crimes.
On November 16, the Hawks’ Tactical, Operational Management Section with Crime Intelligence, Tracker Connect, Badboyz Security, Ekurhuleni District Zone Ops Team, GTP Saturation, Insurance Crime Bureau, Vision Tactical Security and BSG Security arrested two suspects aged 33 and 46 in Lombardy East (Near Alex), for a string of armed robberies.
The team received information about a gang of armed men using an Audi during hijackings and home invasions in Gauteng suburbs.
They proceeded to Lombardy East, where the gang was spotted. Police spotted them when they entered residential premises and were immediately apprehended.
Three firearms, house breaking implements, gloves, balaclavas and a stolen television set as well as cell phones were found inside the vehicle.
According to Colonel Katlego Mogale, the Audi had false registration plates and was robbed in Bramley earlier this year.
A Kia Picanto was also found in the same premises and it also had false registration plates positively identified as robbed from the owner in Linden in June.
“Preliminary investigation has linked the suspects to a number of hijackings and armed robberies.
“The stolen items including a television set were positively identified by the owner where the suspects had allegedly accosted and robbed them in Honeydew.
“The investigation to link the suspects to other robberies is continuing and we are not ruling out the possibility of arresting more suspects,” Mogale said
Phungwayo, who was once on the celebrated youngsters in his Alexandra Township, was once arrested in 2017 for attempted murder. He was released on 2000 bail.