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The emotional memorial service of gospel star Vuyo Mokoena at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville yesterday was marred by the theft of a luxury car belonging to popular singer Khanyo Maphumulo.
The theft was so organised that the security guards did not suspect a thing when two "gentlemen" waved at them as they drove from the premises.
They had no inkling that the two were thieves who had stolen Maphumulo's Rav4, registration SD551 MS.
"They wore expensive jackets and we thought they were among the VIPs who had come to the memorial service," aid security guard Lehlohonolo Mosia. "They even had car keys so we just waved them out."
The news of the theft caused pandemonium, with mourners scurrying about to check whether their cars were still safe.
Maphumulo was still in shock when she spoke to Sowetan yesterday about her ordeal.
"I did not expect this to happen to me, especially not since I had come to pay my respects to Vuyo," Maphumulo said. "I have been to Soweto in this car before and nothing happened to it."
The Afro-pop star's commemoration of Mokoena was interrupted by an SMS from Matrix Trackers asking her whether her vehicle was safe.
"When I went to check, my car was gone," she said.
"We were sent on a wild goose chase since the tracking company told us the vehicle was in Dube.
"When we got to Dube we were told that it was in Mofolo North, only to be told later that it was in Mofolo South.
"We were then advised that they had lost track of the vehicle.
Joseph Mamasela, whose company guards the Grace Bible Church premises, said: "This is bad - we did not expect something like this to happen at a church."
He was accompanied in the pursuit of the thieves by the singer herself.