KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele, who is also the provincial ANC chairman, has expressed concern at what he called "dirty and shallow politics" taking place in the province.
He was commenting about a "specific file" that was stolen from a locked cabinet in his Langalibalele Street office in Pietermaritzburg last week.
The file contained disclosures of assets owned and bought by Ndebele and the KwaZulu-Natal MECs, from buildings and cars to brooms.
Ndebele said he believed that the theft behind the missing file was politically motivated because there was no sign of a burglary into the building or the office.
"We take this matter very seriously because whoever did this broke the law.
"But my real concern is why the theft of this specific file when they are so many others?
"Clearly, it was not for commercial gain because no one would buy something he can get for free. No, I don't see any reason other than that of dirty politics," he said.
Ndebele said this was an indication that KwaZulu-Natal is getting into " dirt politicking".