THE wife of Nkomazi executive mayor Johan Mavuso has accused the Mpumalanga police of exaggerating the number of cameras and laptops stolen from their house.
Zodwa Mavuso claimed yesterday that two laptops and two cameras were stolen. The police had allegedly said nine laptops and nine cameras were stolen.
According to Mavuso other items were stolen from her house included clothes of her husband's, which she had intended to donate to poor people in Mozambique, and decorating materials.
"I was shocked to learn the police put the number of the stolen laptops at nine and the cameras also at nine," she said.
I insist that only two laptops were stolen from my house and two cameras.
"I found items the man had stolen from our house over a long period at his house.
"When I got into his house with the police I discovered my decorating material on display.
"I also found mugs, glasses, plates and many other items that were stolen from my house."
She said she was very disappointed that the man who had been arrested for the theft was a security guard that worked at her home to safeguard the mayor and his family.
"There is no way anyone can't be disappointed. The same person who smiles every day as if he is the kindest man is actually the thief," she said.
Nkomazi municipality spokesperson Cyril Ripinga said the mayor was in the Netherlands on a business trip when the incident happened early on Sunday and he would only return this coming Sunday.
"We are not going to take any action until we have briefed the executive mayor about developments after his return on Sunday," Ripinga said yesterday .
Mpumalanga police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi confirmed that the police were at fault with the number of laptops and the cameras stolen from the house of the mayor.
"Our members informed me that they found the suspect with nine laptops and nine cameras when he was arrested," Hlathi said.
"What they did not know at the time was that only two laptops and two cameras had been stolen from the mayor's house and the rest elsewhere."
He said the police had not yet establish where the other laptops and cameras came from.
The suspect, Annanius Khoza, 42, appeared briefly in the Boschfontein periodical court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance on January 12 next year