A staggering R300 000 in cash was stolen from a household in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on Wednesday, July 13, Newcastle Advertiser reports.
Opting to remain anonymous, a family friend of the victims claimed the money was stolen by their domestic worker and her boyfriend.
“The money was going to be used for the purchase of a new car. My friend put the money in his safe on the Tuesday evening, but on Wednesday morning when his wife went to go check on the money, it was gone. Worried, she went to look for the domestic worker to question her if she knew what had happened to the money, but she was also gone.”
Suspecting the worst, the family notified the police and alerted people on social media to be on the lookout for the domestic worker.
According to the family’s spokesperson, it was discovered the domestic worker and her boyfriend purchased a vehicle in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, with some of the money.
“Through the use of social media, word was spread about the type of vehicle, and a farmer’s wife from Muller’s Pass saw it on Friday evening and immediately reported it.”
Police responded and within minutes, Warrant Officer Werner Kleinsmith, Sergeant Nobuhle Alexander, the K9 Unit, a security firm and farmers from Normandien descended on the two suspects.
“They were found with groceries, house keys and a portion of the money. When questioned about the keys, the boyfriend claimed the keys were for his rooms in Volksrust,” said the family spokesperson.
Police officers escorted the man to Volksrust and seized R180 000 in the suspect’s rooms.
Sergeant Alexander said both suspects were taken into custody. They have since appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
“Further police investigations will follow,” she said.
– Caxton News Service