Official linked to Malema’s firm robbed

2011-10-15 18:23

The home of another official attached to the Limpopo roads and transport department – and who works for the tender company partly owned by ANC youth leader Julius Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust – has been hit by robbers.

Polokwane police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed they were investigating last week’s robbery at the Flora Park home of Alexandra Moloiswa, an official from On-Point Engineers, which administers massive tenders for the department.

The engineering firm is the subject of a tender corruption probe by the Hawks after allegedly netting a string of contracts irregularly.

Moloiswa’s robbery happened days after the same number of robbers, this time wearing police uniforms and reflector jackets, ransacked the Bendor house belonging to the department’s senior manager, Joseph Buthane, on the night of September 28.

Police believed Moloiswa was robbed by the same people who terrorised Buthane a night before, Ngoepe said.
 
“What happened is that it was the same number of robbers. There were four, but this time they were not wearing police uniforms. They went inside, attacked him with a hard object on the head and in the face. They dragged him, together with a six-year-old child, to another room. They stole three laptops, three cellphones, ID books and cash, and left them inside a locked room,” Ngoepe said.

He added that the suspects remained at large.

Ngoepe refused to say how much money was stolen when the robbers entered Moloiswa’s house at around 10pm, but denied it was a substantial amount.

He said the motive was unknown.

The men entered Buthane’s house at 1am. No shots were fired and nobody was injured.

Police have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the robbery cases.

Buthane denied that a substantial amount of money was taken from his house.

“It is not true that money was taken from my house. Those people (robbers) said they got a tip-off that there was a lot of money here. They searched the house, found nothing and left,” said Buthane.

He claimed thugs targeted him and other people associated with Malema and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale because of media reports about them getting multimillion-rand tenders.

Buthane added: “People think there is a lot of money here because of the stories you have been writing.”

Ngoepe said it was “still early” for the police to say why roads and transport officials appeared to be targeted, adding “maybe it is coincidence, but we cannot predict or say anything”.

Thesan Moodley, spokesperson for the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport, said: “There is no reason to believe we are being targeted. We just have to wait for the SAPS. We also don’t get a sense that these robberies are linked to the Hawks investigation.”

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