Zuma jewels go missing on local flight

2013-05-07 09:00

Johannesburg - Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, one of the president's wives, has claimed compensation of half a million rand from SA Airlink after jewellery that hadn't been insured was allegedly stolen out of her luggage during a flight.

Beeld reports that SA Airlink dismissed the claim after completing an extensive search and not being able to find evidence that her bag was tampered with. 

The incident reportedly took place on 15 December 2012 on a flight from Nelspruit to OR Tambo International. 

She reported the disappearance of 36 pieces of expensive jewellery on 18 December 2012. The bag she had transported the small fortune in was not kitted with a lock. 

SA Airlink received a hand-written letter on 5 January 2012. The claim, written on a presidential letterhead, underlined the urgency of the matter and also included ‘n list of the stolen goods, a quote from a jewellery and a print out of Madiba-Zuma's flight ticket. 

The claim was, however, dismissed by SA Airlink's head Rodger Foster after CCTV footage showed that Madiba-Zuma's bag went through the baggage handling process without being tampered with.

Furthermore a polygraph test was performed on all workers who were present on that day. 

In the mean time Madiba-Zuma has approached her lawyers and the investigation continues. 

The following items were among the missing jewellery:

- Diamond bracelet worth R185 000
- A white diamond set with earrings, bracelet, necklace worth R88 950
- A white gold diamond ring in the shape of a snake wort R20 000
- In total, she lost R508 117 worth of jewels. 

Madiba-Zuma is the president's third wife.


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