South African actor, Isreal Makoe who won an award for the role he played on Tsotsi and his two friends were arrested in Orange Grove, South Africa last week after they robbed three people of their cellphones and Sh5000.
Accroding to South African Pig, Captain Phillip Maganedisa said two men and a woman were walking on the corner of Louis Botha and Second Street when a blue VW minibus stopped near them around 9pm.
"The three alighted from the vehicle, told the victims they were police officers and they wanted to search them. They searched, assaulted them and took their cellphones and Sh5000 from the lady," Maganedisa said.
He said a police patrol vehicle came and the three fled. The victims informed the police of the incident and the robbers' vehicle were chased.
"They were stopped a couple of streets down the suburb. The stolen cell phones and the money were found in their possession."
Maganedisa said the three were charged with common assault and robbery.
Makoe is well known for his roles in the movie Tsotsi, the best foreign-language film Oscar winner in 2006, the SABC 1 drama series Yizo Yizo and Gaz'lam. One of his friends is also in the entertainment industry as a back-up dancer. The third man is unknown.