A family member, who asked not to be named, said municipal workers found Mthembu’s bag containing his passport and cards – and other valuables – on Monday afternoon in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga.
“The police were at the scene when the bag was found near the ATM where he was robbed. I cannot say how much money he lost in the robbery,” said the relative.
It was not immediately clear if transactions were done on any of Mthembu’s banking cards.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala could not immediately confirm the discovery of the items.
“I don’t have that information at my disposal but I will verify it later,” he said.
Mohlala told The Citizen the police had not made any arrests in connection to the Mthembu’s shooting. He said three men were taken in for questioning to ascertain if they could be linked to Mthembu’s shooting.
“The suspects were detained in Tzaneen in Limpopo on Monday at 10pm. This was after they were found in possession of 28 banking cards, 30 cellphones and other valuables.
Mthembu was shot on Sunday night while withdrawing cash from an Absa ATM in eMalahleni CBD. He is recovering at the eMalahleni Private Hospital.