VIP cop up for theft of PCs

Thozi Manyisana

Thozi Manyisana

The head of VIP protection services in Bhisho, Eastern Cape, Director Abraham Goss is an angry man.

This after a constable under his command was caught red-handed by a surveillance camera stealing computer equipment from the premier's office in Bhisho this week.

When Sowetan visited the service's offices in nearby King William's Town, a visibly angry Goss asked: "Are you here for the computer issue?"

Goss confirmed that one of his members was arrested for theft and that he was identified in a video from the surveillance cameras. But Goss refused to comment further on the matter, referring Sowetan to national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Vish Naidoo, who had not returned our calls by the time of going to press.

The alleged thief, who is in his 20's, was arrested at his home in King William's Town on Tuesday and police recovered computer equipment including a hard drive, a screen and keyboards belonging to the office of the premier.

It is not the first time that computer equipment from both the premier's office or the legislature has been stolen. A similar incident was reported in February, but no arrest made.

In 2004 ANC chief whip Sicelo Gqobana was criticised by VIP protection services bosses when he suggested its members were involved in the ongoing theft of equipment from the legislature.