The minister had lodged into a Mathaba hotel, in Eastern Cape, after going for a wedding ceremony of a relative on Saturday. She earlier delivered an OR Tambo Memorial Lecture at Walter Sisulu University on Friday.
Her department revealed that the minister was fast asleep at the Garden Court Holiday Inn when the robbers broke in. The hoodlums made away with her handbag, cellphones and tablet but the minister was not harmed.
Reports have it that the minister was alerted by the hotel’s patrolling security, who noticed that her window was wide open around 1 am.
The report was confirmed by the department of Water and Sanitation in a statement. “Indications are that the intruders forcefully opened a window leading into the minister’s room, in which she was sleeping at the time. A handbag, cellphones and tablet were among the items stolen.
The minister was unharmed. She was woken up by security at the hotel after realising that the window was open whilst doing their rounds and that window then alerted them that there might have been a break-in or a problem at the hotel (sic),” the department said.
Meanwhile, a case of burglary and theft has been opened with the Mthatha Central Police Station and the matter is now under investigation. Minister Mokonyane was appointed on May 25, 2014, in the cabinet of South Africa under Jacob Zuma. She once served as Premier of Gauteng province.
In a related story, the office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was also burgled by robbers on Saturday morning. Mogoeng’s office said in a detailed statement that about 15 computers containing sensitive information about judges and officials of the OCJ were stolen by the robbers.
The crime took place at the Midrand offices where the human resources and facilities units are located.