Computer centre cleaned out

2018-05-31 06:01
Raymond Yamaphi (29), manager at Silulo Ulutho Technologies, next to where three computer boxes, two laptops and a projector had been stolen in Nomzamo Business Centre.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Raymond Yamaphi (29), manager at Silulo Ulutho Technologies, next to where three computer boxes, two laptops and a projector had been stolen in Nomzamo Business Centre.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Last week’s break-in at Silulo Ulutho Technologies at the Nomzamo Business Centre has badly affected the computer school run by the company.

Thieves made off with three computer boxes, two laptops and a projector when they broke into the building in the middle of the night of Saturday 19 May.

CCTV footage from the business school shows two males with uncovered faces making their way and stealing the computers.

Raymond Yamaphi (29), a manager, told City Vision he had received a call in the morning informing him about the break-in.

“The security called me and I rushed there to find all the padlocks had been removed,” he said. “A number of our items had been stolen. I was heartbroken because we teach people with these computers they have stolen. We have no choice but to turn people away until we replace the stolen items.”

He said he hopes the CCTV footage will circulate so people who know the suspects may easily recognise them.

The break-in has meant classes will have to be temporarily suspended.

Lwandile Dlala, also associated with the centre, says it is disappointing that people have resorted to crime to get money.

“Some people don’t want to be like others by working hard to make a decent living,” he said. “Now they rob a place which assists the community of Nomzamo with computer skills. The criminals better pray that the police reach them first – I am a law-abiding citizen, but I will not allow criminals to rule us.”

Lt Col Xolani Williams, Lwandle Station Commander, said fingerprints had been lifted from the scene and police were still waiting for the report.

“We wish to confirm an incident of business burglary that occurred at Silulo Ulutho Technologies’ premises at Nomzamo Business Centre,” he said. “The suspects gained entrance to the centre and then moved to Silulo Ulutho Technologies’ offices and forced the door open.

“The suspects took two laptops, one Acer projector and three computer boxes. The stolen items are worth R19 000,” he said.

A case of business burglary was opened and the police request anyone with information, including the suspects’ whereabouts, to contact Lwandle police detective Captain Geldenhuys on 082 469 7719 or 021 845 2060.

Alternatively, they can call the police station on 0860 10 111.

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