South African Singer Caught Shoplifting Claims His Kenyan..

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: 1 |

An operatic tenor is now running a spaza shop after being sacked from Cape Town Opera because he was caught shoplifting while on tour in Berlin, Germany.

Richard Mbovane, 36, a married father of two, was twice caught on camera stealing from appliance shop Media Markt.

The opera company was on a 29-performance tour of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Members of the company became worried when Mbovane did not arrive for the 24th show and they told the general manager, Michael Williams.

Williams later discovered that Mbovane was arrested and he flew to Germany to arrange a lawyer for him. German police said Mbovane lied about who he was when arrested, claiming to be a Kenyan.

The charge sheet from Berlin prosecutors shows he was charged with two counts of theft and misleading the police about his identity.

He stole a € 159 DVD player (R2000) on July 25. He hid the goods in a bag and walked out of the shop without paying.

Five days later he went back to the same shop and used a pair of nail scissors to try to cut a security device off a € 849 laptop (R10 900).

When the store alarm went off, he tried to flee but was arrested and detained for two weeks.

Mbovane said this week that he lied about his name to protect South Africa, his family and his employer — and that he did not steal.

“I’m devastated…. I was fired from work and didn’t get my money. That was an unfair dismissal,” he said. “Yes, I was arrested and locked up for two weeks and the management argues that I was convicted.”

Williams said that he flew to Germany “immediately when the court hearing was scheduled to support him and get a lawyer”.

Cape Town Opera spent R60000 on lawyers and tickets to fly him home. Williams said: “He was dismissed for theft and for bringing Cape Town Opera into disrepute.”

Williams had further problems when 19 of the 24-member chorus threatened to strike on their next tour in Oslo, Norway. They sent him a fax demanding he give them each extra allowances of 2500 Norwegian kroner (R3700) as they spent the stipends he had given them too quickly.

“I paid the money, but the members who threatened a strike were charged with gross misconduct and bringing the company into disrepute. After a hearing members were given final warning letters,” he said.

lifted from the time…..

Butdoisay  comment:Kenya has always been the scapegoat to other African nationalities and this is one reason we need visas to visit other commonwealth countries nowadays…….sad news…


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