Police confirm robbery at Fifa headquarters

2010-06-29 12:23

A robbery at the Fifa headquarters in Johannesburg was confirmed by

national police commissioner General Bheki Cele.

“Yes we know there was a burglary there. We are looking into it,”

Cele told a national press club briefing in Pretoria.

He said seven trophy replicas and two jerseys had been taken during

the incident, which led police to believe that the crime was perpetrated by

people familiar with the offices.

It was not immediately clear when the incident took place.

Meanwhile, Cele said since the start of the World Cup, 316 people

had been arrested, 207 of them South African, for tournament-related


He said 109 of those arrests were of foreign nationals, with

Ethiopians topping the list at 11, followed by Algerians (nine), UK citizens

(eight), six people each from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, America and Pakistan, five

people from Argentina and four Slovakians.

“It’s the United Nations of crime,” he quipped to much


Cele said 90% of the arrests were related to theft and by far the

majority of these cases could be attributed to negligence on the part of the

lawful owner.

Cellphones and laptops had been left unattended and then


He said police were also increasing their vigilance outside the

stadiums as 29 cases of unauthorised ticket scalping had been reported.

“Thirty three people have been arrested in these cases, of which 14

are South African and 19 are citizens of other countries,” he said.

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