Police confirm robbery at Fifa headquarters

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

crime.

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

laughter.

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

stolen.

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.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Would you choose to continue working from home after the coronavirus lockdown if given the option?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, it's much better for me
40% - 7512 votes
No ways! I can't wait to get back to the office
12% - 2193 votes
A mixture of both would suit me best
48% - 9075 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.46
(-0.4)
GBP/ZAR
19.94
(-0.1)
EUR/ZAR
17.30
(-0.2)
AUD/ZAR
11.13
(+0.4)
JPY/ZAR
0.13
(-0.3)
Gold
1,738.11
(-0.4)
Silver
25.29
(-0.2)
Platinum
1,179.77
(+1.7)
Brent Crude
63.67
(+0.6)
Palladium
2,679.86
(-0.6)
All Share
67,570
(+0.7)
Top 40
61,867
(+0.8)
Financial 15
12,157
(+0.0)
Industrial 25
88,977
(+1.1)
Resource 10
68,245
(+0.6)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo