Brazen theft of metal shaft from second oldest ox wagon in SA

2014-03-05 00:00

A METAL shaft that was part of the second oldest ox wagon in South Africa has been stolen from an exhibition in the E.G. Jansen Extension at the Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg.

The thieves damaged the wagon when they removed the shaft. The theft is believed to have occurred at the end of February.

Elrica Henning, chief research officer and head of the department of research, information and collections, said: “We think it was stolen by either someone who wanted a piece of what is believed to be the second oldest wagon in South Africa, or by someone who wants to sell the piece for scrap metal.

“But, I find it strange that someone would have gone to all the trouble to rip it from the wagon and stand the chance of getting caught, because we have security and a museum guide on site. Someone must have watched the wagon with a close eye and then taken the opportunity when it arose.”

Henning said the museum had opened a case with the police.

The Msunduzi Museum incident follows the brazen theft of four priceless dancing angels from atop the beautiful antique Ormolu clock housed in the Tatham Art Gallery.

Staff at the gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg, believe the theft took place some time between late December and January 13.

• Anyone with information about the theft at the Msunduzi Museum should phone Elrica Henning at 033 394 6834 or e-mail

Alternatively phone Crimestoppers at 086 001 0111.

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