‘Trusted’ worker in court

2011-08-19 00:00

POLICE are investigating if a trusted labourer is linked to a spate of recent break-ins in the area after goods stolen from an Umtentweni resident, William Stevens, were found in his posession.

Stevens said that while they are renovating their home his family have been living in their caravan and storeroom.

“I had these two guys working for me. One [Thembilani Madikizela] has been with me for three years and the other [Gcinile Lande] had just started,” said Stevens.

On the day he was robbed Stevens told them they would finish work early.

He dropped the workers off at their residence at 11 am and he and his wife proceeded to Margate.

When they got home some four hours later his wife noticed the gate was open.

“We never leave home without closing our gates,” said Stevens.

Upon discovering that both their caravan and the storeroom had been broken into, he immediately phoned the police.

“The robbers took our safe with a large amount of money, clothing, laptop, digital camera and shoes,” said Stevens.

The investigative team, comprising of Captain Qosina Mjali with warrant officers Marc Jones and Mududuzi Zimema, learned from the neighbour’s gardener that two men walked from the property with bags and a laptop.

The investigative team called Stevens the next day to accompany them to Louisiana to identify items recovered from a suspect.

Police arrested Madikizela later that night and found items that Stevens had reported stolen in his possession.

Further investigations took the police to Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape, some 150 km from Margate, where witnesses related how Madikizela had arrived on the day of the break-in and gave money to various people.

A pair of Stevens’s shoes was recovered at Flagstaff.

Stevens’s house was also broken into in September 2009 and 2010.

All the while Madikizela was his employee.

“I never suspected him, never,” said Stevens.

“When we went to his house there were some bags that were taken last year,” he added.

Madikizela has appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on several charges, including burglary, and will appear again today.

Police are also investigating if he is linked to a spate of robberies in the area in recent weeks.

They are also looking for Gcinile Lande, who they believe can help them with the investigation.

Anyone who knows Lande’s whereabouts should call the police during office hours at 039 688 1004/1005/1062.

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