Rob­bers leave valu­ables and only steal lap­tops and phones at EFF leader’s home

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­[email protected]­day­ / Martin Rhodes

EFF deputy pres­i­dent and MP Floyd Shivambu’s apart­ment was al­legedly bro­ken into by thugs ear­lier this month.

How­ever, the in­ci­dent has be­come shrouded in se­crecy, with no po­lice case reg­is­tered, nor a com­plaint reg­is­tered by the se­cu­rity com­pany guard­ing Shivambu’s lux­u­ri­ous town­house com­plex.

Sun­day World can re­veal that Shivambu’s swanky Four­ways apart­ment at Pine Avon com­plex was bro­ken into by rogue el­e­ments who only stole two lap­tops, two cell­phones and valu­able doc­u­ments.

Shock­ingly, ac­cord­ing to sources close to the EFF leader, the same thugs called Shivambu the next day ask­ing him if he had no­ticed that they had “vis­ited” his apart­ment.

One source said Shivambu only be­lieved their story af­ter they told him to check his whiskies, telling him that they had drinks on his cosy couch af­ter help­ing them­selves to a few of his Scotches.

“This is not the first time there was a break-in at that apart­ment. The same peo­ple broke into the house last year but never took any­thing. The boys are be­ing tar­geted and that’s why they in­creased their se­cu­rity,” said the source.

Shivambu re­luc­tantly con­firmed the in­ci­dent to Sun­day World, stat­ing that he also re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

“I re­ally don’t think that I want to deal with this mat­ter pub­licly. Oth­er­wise we would have made it known when it hap­pened. We deal with is­sues dif­fer­ently,” he said.

Ear­lier, how­ever, Shivambu told Sun­day World that his house had been bro­ken into, say­ing the thugs only took two lap­tops, two cell­phones and doc­u­ments. “I was sur­prised that they didn’t take my wife’s jew­ellery and my watches or any­thing else that’s valu­able. They also de­stroyed my se­cu­rity sys­tem,” he said.

The EFF leader said the thugs ap­peared to want to demon­strate that “we can find you when we want to”.

Shivambu said he re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, who were puz­zled by the theft.

“They said the in­ci­dent was not a nor­mal break-in or rob­bery,” he said.

A se­cu­rity guard at Shivambu’s com­plex told Sun­day World that no in­ci­dent had been re­ported to them about a break-in at Shivambu’s place.

He con­firmed that Shivambu was al­ready liv­ing there when he joined the com­pany and was posted to the com­plex.

“If there was such a break in, we would have known about it be­cause we are the first peo­ple res­i­dents talk to when there’s such in­ci­dents,” said the guard.

He added that Shivambu was not of­ten at the apart­ment and showed up dur­ing week­ends.

“We only see him dur­ing week­ends and some­times once dur­ing week­days,” said the guard, who asked not to be named.

Dou­glas­dale po­lice spokesper­son Bertha Kga­soane said she could not lo­cate any case docket opened by Shivambu at their sta­tion in re­la­tion to the break-in. This is de­spite the fact that Shivambu’s apart­ment is lo­cated within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the po­lice sta­tion.

This is not the first time... The same peo­ple broke into the house last year but never took any­thing

/Aubrey Mothombeni

The lux­u­ri­ous town­house com­plex where Floyd Shivambu lives.

EFF deputy pres­i­dent Floyd Shivambu.

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