TWO Chippa United club members, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Lukhanyo Mzinzi, were the victims of crime after their houses in Bluewater Bay were burgled at the weekend.
The Chilli Boys’ midfielder, Sangweni, a younger brother of Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni, was the first to discover the crime when he arrived at his Bluewater Drive home after the game between Chippa United and SuperSport United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
Sangweni had packed bags with clothes before the match as he was going to Durban for Christmas.
When he arrived home, he found the house ransacked and all his belongings, including his packed bags, music system and plasma television set, stolen.
Sangweni is one of the players included in the Bafana Bafana provisional squad for the 2015 African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea next month.
The team’s chief operations officer, Mzinzi, was the second victim. His house in Hillcrest Drive was burgled early yesterday.
Mzinzi said the burglary happened around 2am within 45 minutes after he left his house to pick up a friend at a bus station.
“I didn’t lock the back door burglar gate and also did not set the alarm since I knew I wasn’t going to take long.
“They were timing us as we left the house and they easily opened the unlocked burglar gate, broke the back door glass and cleaned out the house.
“I believe there’s a housebreaking syndicate operating in Bluewater Bay because my house was robbed just a few hours after they robbed Sangweni’s house.”
He said the thieves stole a plasma television set, designer clothes, shoes, a tablet phone and a leather bag with R45000 in cash inside.
Police spokesman Constable Mncedi Mbombo said both cases were reported at the Swartkops police station.
“We can confirm cases of housebreaking and theft have been opened and the police are investigating.” – Mthetho Ndoni