A case of theft was registered on 31 December 2017 with the Badplaas cops.
The six workers who have been suspended from the farm of ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa took bags of maize seeds and fertiliser, general manager Kobus Rall said.
The workers were suspended on 22 December 2017 and they await a letter notifying them of the outcomes of a disciplinary hearing.
Disciplinary hearings concluded on 3 January 2018 and the farm management has been waiting recommendations from above on the fate of the workers.
The six include a site manager and five general workers.
Rall said the workers took 30 bags of fertiliser, 3 of maize seeds, 2 chain saws,† grass-cutters and a welding machine.
Two vehicle batteries, a grinder and a mobile toilet were also taken, he said.
“During the investigations several other items were also mentioned, like meat, groceries and building equipment,” he said.
“The stolen items were at first valued at approximately R 40 000, but after further investigations, a more realistic value of R 90 000 was calculated.
“With further investigations, it came to light that many more items were missing from the farm. Five suspects were identified through statements by fellow workers. These suspects, 4 general workers and a white manager, were suspended with full salary from 22 December 2017 and a fair disciplinary enquiry was held with each of them on 3 January 2018. The results of the enquiry were not communicated with them yet,” the general manager said.
Badplaas police spokeswoman Cynthia Vilakazi-Dlamini confirmed the matter and that a case of theft against the six workers was registered on 31 December 2017.
“We are looking at it,” she said this week Wednesday.
(edited by MLM)
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