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Cape Town museum burgled

2012-05-22 09:33

Cape Town - A Cape Town museum with valuable exhibits of 18th and 19th century household items has been burgled, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Staff at the Manor House, on the Groot Constantia wine farm, opened the museum on Monday morning to find a number of items missing.

Iziko Museums chief executive Rooksana Omar declined to say what had been stolen or what their value was. It was also not clear how the burglars gained entry.

"Iziko Museums proactively seeks to protect and secure its collections from such occurrences. Despite these precautions, our collections still remain vulnerable," Omar said.

"The theft of heritage objects is an international phenomenon. Museums across the globe are battling an ever-increasing number of targeted onslaughts."

The exhibitions contained furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, brass and copperware found in the houses of successful Cape farmers.

Police were investigating the theft.

Comments
  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-22 09:44

    Wrong Gallery guys lol.... I think they were looking for Goodman Gallery...

      Janice - 2012-05-22 09:49

      I think they watch Isidingo too much!!!

      phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 13:34

      lols...

      Matthew - 2012-05-22 13:43

      LMao... Touchee Lebogang,touchee =)

  • Mark - 2012-05-22 09:56

    The stuff will be probably sold as scrap metal!

  • Hermann - 2012-05-22 10:18

    Smells like that job description called "inside job".

      Jason - 2012-05-22 18:36

      Funny thats exactly what i thought, especially the way the curator tried to play it down.

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-22 10:25

    its there in mitchels plain they fed up whit the governmant cause they dont get recognition

  • RangoAndEmy - 2012-05-22 10:32

    Sounds like its the copper or metal they are after.. anything for a quick buck these days

  • bobby.mitchley - 2012-05-22 11:41

    if the museum staff wont say what has been stolen, what are the chances of the stuff been found and returned?

  • dawn.clulow - 2012-05-22 13:04

    I bet it was mostly copperware and brass, now being sold to unscrupulous dealers to melt down and reshape......

  • Matthew - 2012-05-22 13:46

    Well anyone thats gone to the wine farm for either Simons resturaunt at the top,the christmas parties for the kids,wine tasting and cheese place and just been there in general,can tell you that its highly possible that they got burgled. I used to study and work and train at the private gym that used to be underneath the wine tasting building (Body Excel.which has now moved) So i would roughly go joggin every day or so.and its quite easy to see where anyone could get in if they so wanted to =/ so i'm not exactly sure what security measures they're talking about,but there was never by the standed that this article mentions. local scoop =)

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