2007-04-19 : Gauteng MEC's home looted

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2007-04-19 : Gauteng MEC's home looted

Postby GOSA » Thu, 2007-04-19 10:16


Gauteng MEC's home looted
Baldwin Ndaba
April 19 2007 at 08:02AM

Gauteng MEC for Health Brian Hlongwa has become the second high-ranking Gauteng legislature official to feel the sting of crime.

Four armed men stormed into Hlongwa's upmarket Bryanston, Sandton, house on Tuesday night and removed several household appliances worth thousands of rands.

Hlongwa's spokesperson, Zanele Mngadi, confirmed the incident and said four members of the MEC's family were in the house when the armed men pounced on them. No one was injured.

Hlongwa was in Germany on an official visit at the time.

'It's unclear where the VIP Protection Unit guards were at the time'

Mngadi was, however, reluctant to give details on what exactly was stolen. She would also not give details about who had been in the house.

However, The Star understands the attackers found Hlongwa's wife and children at home when they struck. It's unclear where the VIP Protection Unit guards were at the time.

Gauteng police spokesperson Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo confirmed the incident and that the criminals had removed household items.

When asked about the whereabouts of the VIP guards during the attack, Mariemuthoo said he was unable to comment because the police were still investigating.

In February, MEC for Community Safety Firoz Cachalia and his wife Nazira were mugged at knifepoint while enjoying an evening stroll in the gardens surrounding Emmarentia Dam.

In March, VIP guards stationed at Cachalia's house became involved in a shootout with suspected robbers.

o This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on April 19, 2007
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