Msimanga's colleague has his car broken into in front of police

2017-07-07 20:12
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga (File, Karabo Ngoepe, News24).

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga (File, Karabo Ngoepe, News24).

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Pretoria - A City of Tshwane official's car lock was jammed and his camera equipment and cellphone stolen on Friday while Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga was visiting the Centurion Licensing Centre.

The car was parked next to the entrance guarded by security and members of the police.

Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba confirmed the theft.

"I'm surprised what has happened here in front of the police...police officers were here.  It is actually shocking...if someone is stealing they are stealing in front of the police," said Mahamba.

Central system

The licensing centre was burgled and the robbers took off with computers, eNatis screens and camera equipment on Tuesday evening and Msimanga was at the centre on Friday to discuss the robbery.

This comes after two similar burglaries at Waltloo licensing centre as well as an attempted robbery at Akasia, where two suspects were intercepted and arrested in June.

Msimanga said it was clear that this was not an opportunist crime.  The people knew what they wanted and knew where to find it.

He also said there was a lot of equipment that was just left behind, despite it being expensive and could easily have been taken from the centre. 

"But specific machines that would render 80% of the services unavailable in this facility is what was targeted," said Msimanga. 

He said the stolen computers could be used to access information, but that the information is stored in a central system and that if someone tried to access the information they would know about it. 

Inside job

Msimanga said whoever was behind the thefts were trying to make the services of the city redundant.  It could create issues for the new DA-led administration in Tshwane or that the thieves were hoping to access information.

"There might be an element of politicking".

Msimanga said it was dodgy that no one would have seen them breaking in and that he was shocked to learn that there was only one security guard on shift at the time of the break-in. 

He added that they would be revisiting the security services and could not rule out the possibility of this being an inside job. 

Msimanga had recently suspended six officials from various licensing departments in Tshwane on allegations of corruption.

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