Youth leader and MEC’s companion robbed at gun-point

2011-09-28 15:28

The house of a prominent youth leader and close companion of a Limpopo MEC was ransacked and robbed at gun-point this morning by four men wearing police uniform and reflector jackets, police said.

The robbers disarmed a security guard at the property of Joseph Buthane, an ANC Youth League member who regularly attends events with roads and transport MEC Pinky Kekana, tied the occupants up with cables before making off with four cellphones, said Polokwane police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

He said the men gained entry into Buthane’s property at around 1am this morning.

The house is situated at the upmarket surburb of Ster in Polokwane.

Ngoepe added: “Arriving there, they overpowered the security guard, disarmed him, broke (into) and entered the house.

They tied all the occupants with cables on their hands and legs.

“They demanded cash and ended up searching the whole house. As for now, we are informed that four cell phones were stolen during the process. They went out and disappeared. No shots were fired. There were no injuries and no arrests.”

He said a case of house robbery had been opened, but alternative charges might be added because the guard had been robbed of his firearm.

Ngoepe refused to reveal the names and number of the house’s occupants at the time of the incident, saying they might be among police witnesses.

But two youth leaders close to Buthane, who is a senior manager in Kekana’s office, said the house was being occupied by his estranged wife and a child.

They said Buthane vacated it eight months ago after relations soured between the couple.

Buthane could not be reached for comment.

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