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Security guard 'cleaned up' mayor's house

By Riot Hlatshwayo | Dec 02, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A SECURITY guard assigned at the home of Nkomazi municipality mayor Johan Mavuso has been arrested in connection with the theft of nine laptops and nine cameras from the mayor's house.

The police at Schoemansdal near Malelane arrested Annaius Khoza, 42, on Monday over the break-in that happened in Mavuso's house on Sunday night.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said Khoza allegedly confessed that he had left a window partially open when he was at the house on Saturday night shortly before his shift came to an end later.

Khoza allegedly left the premises but apparently returned and entered through the window he had left partially closed later that night.

It is not clear how a single person managed to sneak out nine laptops and nine cameras from the mayor's house without being detected.

"He stole nine laptops and nine cameras belonging to tourists from Germany who had left them in the mayor's house," said Hlathi.

"He also stole clothes belonging to the mayor, who was not in the house at the time."

He said the tourists usually slept in one of the two houses belonging to the mayor but were not in when the burglary and theft occurred.

The mayor's wife made the discovery on Sunday morning, Hlathi said yesterday.

Hlathi said the police later received information that implicated Khoza and arrested him on Monday afternoon.

"He has already pointed out all the stolen items to us," said Hlathi.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Nkomazi municipality Cyril Ripinga was shocked to hear that the mayor's safety, under the circumstances, had been compromised.

Ripinga expressed his reservations about the company that the arrested security guard worked for.

"I have now confirmed the burglary and theft of items from the executive mayor's house," said Ripinga.

"The municipality views this incident in a very serious light and we shall be forced to review the contract we have with the security company appointed to safeguard the mayor and his property."

The suspect was expected to appear in the Boschfontein periodical court yesterday but had not done so at the time of going to press.


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