Singer Lerato Molapo, who many know as Lira, has been reunited with seven of her ten South African Music Awards statuettes which were stolen from her Randburg, Johannesburg home on Friday night.
According to media reports, while Molapo was out at a Women’s Day event with her husband, burglars managed to get inside her home. Police suspect that the burglars used a broken sliding door at the back in order to gain entry into the house.
The men stole the statuettes, Apple laptops, a phone and a gaming device. These items were recovered on Saturday at a nearby house. One suspect, a 24 year-old man, was caught in possession of the stolen items at a friend’s house. He was immediately arrested. The 26 year-old owner of the house has also been arrested.
When the burglary was discovered, Lira was devastated. Her husband, Robin Kohl, said: “She is quite heart-sore considering that the items were of huge sentimental value, seven years’ worth of accolades, so she is very emotional at the moment.” There must be some relief after some of the items were recovered.
Two nights before the burglary at Lira’s house in Randburg, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was robbed while he was sleeping at his home in Milnerton, Cape Town. He was with his wife and neither of them got hurt during the incident. The police would not say much except confirm the burglary and that only “small household items” had been stolen.
In 2007, Tutu’s home in Soweto was broken into. On that occasion, the robbers did not steal “small household items”; they took his Nobel Peace Prize medal worth R 1 million. The culprits were apprehended and the medal was found in the pocket of one of the five suspects.