South Africa: Cleaners in court for robbing soccer team
And so it begins….
Johannesburg – Two cleaning ladies at the Southern Sun hotel in Hyde Park have appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing money from the Colombian soccer team, police said on Friday.
The Colombian team, who are staying at the five-star hotel, noticed that they had been robbed when they arrived back to their rooms after training on Tuesday, Colonel Eugene Opperman said.
“There was theft out of their rooms. They went out for about an hour to practise and the rooms were cleaned while they were out,” he said.
“When they came back they discovered there was some money missing.”
The Times newspaper reported on Friday that the women allegedly stole $21 000, however Opperman would not comment on the amount that was taken for security reasons.
Three women were arrested on Thursday but the charges against one of the women were dropped due to lack of evidence.
The Times reported that the remaining two suspects, Jeanet Mashimbyi, 29 and Lucky Mahlatsi, 25, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
They were due to appear in court again next week.