Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper Brian Baloyi suffered a financial tackle when thugs stole his belongings worth R3 600 at OR Tambo International Airport, Ekurhuleni.
According to police with knowledge of the theft case, which was opened at OR Tambo cop shop, tsotsis allegedly gained entry to Spiderman’s luggage and went off with items including his goalkeeping gloves and Nike soccer boots.
“He was on a fight from Durban when the incident occurred, he claimed the bag was securely closed. When he boarded off the plane, he discovered that his belongings were stolen,” said one official.
A second official said the former Chiefs captain couldn’t recall all the items which could also have been stolen.
“The two items he noted on his police statement were the ones he noticed when he checked his luggage. He said the value could be more,” said the official.
Brian said this wasn’t an isolated incident and many people lost things.
“I’ve been travelling on football matters for a long time now. This happens, I suppose,” he said.
Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale said a case of theft was opened and no arrests had been made.
“We’re in the process of getting footage that will help us finalise the case,” she said.
OR Tambo spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said: management was disappointed by such incidents. “Procedure is that the airline resolves the claim. As an airport, we support the airline with any information we may have to help them with a claim.
“Payments in relation to baggage claims are usually done by the airline and not the airport.
“Maybe, Mr Brian Baloyi made a claim with the airline he used at the time,” she said.
Brian refused to tell the SunTeam which airline he used for travel.