- According to Newsoweto, nyaope addicts managed to rob a Hillbrow police station while eleven cops sat there fast asleep
- Robbed of food, pistols and other items, the police had reportedly been unaware of the crime being carried out right under their noses
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this almost stranger-than-fiction story
Newsoweto reported that eleven South African Police Service officers were sleeping when thieves crept into the Hillbrow police station and robbed them blind.
Published in August last year and widely shared on social media, the article says that the nyaope addict criminals had stolen guns and “feasted on the officers' food and took a great deal of counterfeit cash, illegal firearms, stolen clothes and a lot of seized nyaope".
The report went on to detail more about the situation, claiming that the station had been abandoned by some of the officers on duty:
"The keys to the storage where the seized goods are packed was with one of the sleeping officers anyway. About 18 police officers were meant to be at the station during the robbery but 7 were nowhere to be found. It was later revealed that they left the station for personal reasons without reporting."
Africa Check, a trusted fact-finder organisation, reports that they were unable to find any reports to confirm the incident.
The SAPS has denied the claims, with Collenol Lungelo Dlamini commenting on the allegations:
“No pistols and stolen goods have been stolen at the police station while police officers were sleeping.”
Authorities later released a media briefing, condemning the 'falsified reports', dubbing the story a 'cyber attack' on law enforcement.
Briefly.co.za gathered that, while undoubtedly an entertaining story, this article is certainly fake news at best.