Canaan Mdletshe and Mhlaba Memela
Police have made what they believed to be a breakthrough in the case concerning last month's burglary at the house of KwaZulu- Natal's MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Bheki Cele.
Though the police are tight-lipped, Sowetan can disclose that police think they are about to crack the case after arresting three people in connection with the break-in at Cele's house in north Durban.
At the time of the break-in, Cele said a laptop containing sensitive information, a plasma television set, a jewellery box and a music system and crime documents were stolen.
The burglary was said to be linked to the ANC succession debate that has divided the party into the Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki camps.
Cele, Social Welfare MEC Meshack Hadebe and eThekwini mayor Obed Mlaba are said to be Zuma supporters. Hadebe was also a victim of a burglary, and the National Prosecution Authority conducted a "security sweep" at Mlaba's office recently.
Police spokesman Superintendent Phindile Hadebe confirmed the arrests. She only confirmed the arrests yesterday though they happened last week.
"There are people who have been arrested for a series of house breakings, but we are still investigating if they are linked to Cele's house burglary," said Hadebe.
Cele's house was broken into while he was attending a Durban regional ANC meeting in Tongaat.
Yesterday Cele said he had never put pressure on the police to arrest the suspects. He said he was not aware of any arrest.
"But I knew police were following information about well-known suspects. I'm happy if they have finally made a breakthrough," said Cele.
"I'm always happy whenever police arrest criminals. To me as long as they have killed, robbed, stabbed or even assaulted - as long as they had interfered with anyone's life - those people are my enemies," said Cele, who applauded the police investigations.