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'God's house is mine too'

By unknown | Jan 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

A homeless man has been arrested for housebreaking after he burgled a local Hindu temple in Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal and used it as his home for several days.

Mandlenkosi Thwala, 50, told police that a house of God also belonged to him. He was arrested after a worshipper spotted him and reported the matter to the police.

Police spokesman Shooz Magudulela said police nabbed Thwala after a report of housebreaking at the temple.

"It appears that the man had been using the temple for his accommodation for a long time now.

"He claims that the place of God is his place too."

Magudulela said police were investigating exactly how long the suspect has been staying in the temple.

"He is facing charges of housebreaking. The suspect made a brief appearance before the local magistrate's court yesterday," he said.

Police are still to establish whether any belongings from the temple are missing.

The case was postponed to January 18 for further investigation.

Thwala will be held in police custody pending his next court appearance.


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