- Three folks have been arrested for allegedly stealing packing containers initially believed to include necessary data meant for the DA.
- The suspects robbed the courier truck outside the DA‘s offices in Cape Town.
- A DA MP issued a retraction after claiming the men allegedly stole paperwork the celebration had been ready for from the National Lotteries Commission.
Three men have been arrested after they allegedly stole sealed packing containers initially believed to have contained confidential paperwork outside the DA’s offices in Cape Town on Monday.
According to Western Cape police, the men approached the complainant and his colleague in Mill Street, Gardens, the place they have been scheduled to ship items, at round 14:30 on Monday.
“One of the suspects forced the passenger into the vehicle, upon which they took sealed boxes from the vehicle and fled the scene in a VW Polo,” police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi mentioned.
He added the suspects have been later apprehended by members of the Flying Squad when their car was dropped at a halt close to to Ascension and Duinefontein roads in Heideveld.
The men – aged 29, 32 and 39 – have been arrested and detained on prices of possession of stolen property, possession of a unlicenced firearm and possession of a stolen car.
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DA MP Mat Cuthbert initially claimed the stolen packing containers contained paperwork the celebration had been ready for from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), referring to a service supplier it had apparently contracted for recommendation on methods to distribute Covid-19 aid.
Cuthbert subsequently retracted his assertion, saying he had made a mistake and will have made sure of all of the information earlier than issuing the assertion.
He mentioned the DA was in possession of the paperwork from the NLC, which the celebration had requested by a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application.
It isn’t but clear what was in the stolen packing containers.
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DA Federal chairperson Helen Zille mentioned: “My understanding was that the robbery happened; Mat was expecting a memory stick to be delivered.
“There was a misunderstanding as as to whether it had been or not, and the conclusion was reached by these concerned that it had not been. Then very giant packing containers have been delivered to the DA that had nothing to do with us. Finally, an individual established that the reminiscence stick had in truth been delivered, and transferred them to Mat Cuthbert.”
The NLC said it was shocked at hearing about the robbery.
Its spokesperson, Ndivhuho Mafela, confirmed it had granted the PAIA application in its entirety.
“As per the necessities of the proactive funding mannequin, the NLC wanted to fulfill itself as to the impression of its intervention through the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The NLC added because of the giant quantity of paperwork, the knowledge couldn’t be despatched through electronic mail.
A courier service was engaged to ship the paperwork on a USB.