Zuma's Wife's Jewels Missing

LazyLion

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President Jacob Zuma's fifth wife Thobeka Madiba Zuma is demanding compensation of half a million rand from SA Airlink over the alleged theft of uninsured jewellery from her bag during a flight, it was reported on Tuesday.

After an extensive investigation, SA Airlink dismissed the claim and said its employees were blameless, Beeld reported.

According to the newspaper, the airline said it could find no evidence of tampering with Madiba-Zuma's luggage.

The theft allegedly occurred on December 15, 2012, when Madiba-Zuma flew from Nelspruit Airport to OR Tambo International Airport and was driven by car to Bloemfontein to join her husband for the ANC's conference in Mangaung.

On December 18, she drafted a statement in which she declared that 36 pieces of expensive jewellery had gone missing from a cosmetics purse inside an unlocked, orange Cellini bag.

"After we arrived [in Bloemfontein], we rushed to get ready for a dinner. That's when I first opened my suitcase and realised that the cosmetics purse with all my exclusive jewellery was gone," Madiba-Zuma reportedly said in a statement submitted to SA Airlink on January 5.

According to Beeld, SA Airlink head Rodger Foster rejected the claim after viewing the CCTV footage available.

"We compelled all employees to undergo polygraph tests, which showed that they were not involved in the alleged theft of Mrs Zuma's valuables," Foster reportedly wrote in a letter to the presidency.

Beeld reported that SA Airlink had declined to comment on the issue.

It reported that, in an e-mail addressed to journalists on Sunday night, Madiba-Zuma said she had instructed her lawyers to consider her legal position and advise her accordingly.

"The investigation continues.... I will wait for my lawyers' final advice before I decide what to do. My personal jewellery was, unfortunately, not insured," Madiba-Zuma reportedly said.


Source : Sapa /pk/gq/clh
Date : 07 May 2013 08:36
 

ShaunSA

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On December 18, she drafted a statement in which she declared that 36 pieces of expensive jewellery had gone missing from a cosmetics purse inside an unlocked, orange Cellini bag.

Ja I believe you Thobeka.
 

ernstn

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According to the list over half a million rands worth of jewellery, uninsured and in an unlocked suitcase. Where is the crime?
 

greg0205

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Who travels with 500K's uninsured jewellery?

If you live on the taxpayer's dime and have dodgy benefactors buying everything for you, you have no concept of the value of money... R500K would be the same as R10 trinkets. That said, I call BS. Uninsured, unlocked... She left that bag in a hotel room or in a shuttle and is trying to cash in.
 

cerebus

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Now that I think about it I also lost half a mil's worth of jewelry in an open suitcase on SAA. Bliksems!!
 

Mila

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Now that I think about it I also lost half a mil's worth of jewelry in an open suitcase on SAA. Bliksems!!

Cheepskate. I had R 10 million worth of kruger rands in an open suitcase.
 

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"We compelled all employees to undergo polygraph tests, which showed that they were not involved in the alleged theft of Mrs Zuma's valuables," Foster reportedly wrote in a letter to the presidency.

Maybe there was no theft at all. I think Madiba-Zuma should undergo polygraph test.
 

Sinbad

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Hmm. He was so broke 5 years ago, now his wife plays around with half a bar of jewellery?

I smell a maggot.
 

copacetic

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Who in the **** needs 500 million worth of jewellery in the first place, never mind traveling with it uninsured? :wtf:
 

Mila

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Who in the **** needs 500 million worth of jewellery in the first place, never mind traveling with it uninsured? :wtf:

Compensation for a lack of performance?
( have you tried to shove a marshmallow into a parking meter?)
 

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Jewelery should be kept on your person when flying. It is called common sense. If you value something, then you keep it close to you during a trip. You surely do not put it uninsured in an unlocked suite case, and then try to claim after it gets stolen.

This is like leaving your car unlocked, with the keys inside in a parking lot, and then crying foul when you find it gone.
 
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