A friend of ours living in South Africa is here for the summer holidays. We caught up over coffee tonight. When asked about safety and crimes in their city she had the following story to tell which I found hilarious and amusing.
Thieves broke into the president’s house (while he was in it); climbed up President Thabo Mbeki’s roof and stole the embedded aluminum meant to protect the residence from lightning strikes. The 10mm aluminium wire, which had been installed in the roof over the past three weeks, formed part of a network of the house’s electronic fittings, including closed-circuit television cameras and computer systems, that was designed to protect the house against lightning.