Van Der Burgh's home burgled

2012-05-25 17:00

Cape Town -  South African swimming sensation Cameron van der Burgh has revealed on Twitter that he has had most of his medals and trophies stolen from him after his house was burgled on his birthday.

"Just been cleaned out at home. Besides my macs with pics, they took all of my irreplaceable world cup medals and trophies. Gutted"

Speaking to Darren Scott on Ballz Radio, Van Der Burgh revealed his shock at the burglary:

“It’s been a strange day. It’s my birthday, we went out and no-one was home.”

“They cleaned everything out: the computer, the photos and everything, whole bunches of medals,” Van der Burgh said.

Van der Burgh said that the thieves had broken in through his garage.

“They opened the garage, tucked everything in and just left.”

Van der Burgh said he was relieved that nobody had been harmed during the robbery.

“Thank God no one got hurt and that the dogs are okay.”

“You feel so violated that these people will come into your house and just pay no respect and take everything.”

Despite his shock and disappointment, the swimmer still managed to thank his fans for their birthday wishes:

"Thanks for all the birthday messages guys! Means a lot", he later Tweeted.


  • Marieta - 2012-05-25 16:16

    Listen to the interview with Cameron on Ballz:

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-25 16:19

    thats a real bummer...keep your chin up- in my experience (reading about similiar happenings) these kind of articles have a way to turn up because they are kind of useless to someone else.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-25 17:14

    The fools think the medals are real gold. They are stupid fools.

      michael.holliday2 - 2012-05-26 01:21

      I take it you've never won anything that meant more to you than the object or the monetary value. Winning something like medals and trophies have more sentimental value than physical.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-05-25 17:43

    What sort of delinquent a***hole does a thing like that? Really tough one Cameron - we only hope that the bas**rds are caught soon and you get your stuff back (though I think that is wishful thinking in the new democratic SA!

  • Rodney - 2012-05-25 17:50

    Hopefully the idiot, tries to sell them at Cash Crusaders and get caught !!

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-25 17:50

    Didn't Ryk Neethling also get all his medals pinched a couple of years ago?

      eric.viljoen - 2012-05-25 19:34

      Yes, but they were luckily found.

      Lance - 2012-05-26 09:44

      Im sure the medals are insure and he will be able to order repalcements ? Dont know why they took his photos...sounds personal..sounds fishy. What can they do with the pics ???

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-25 17:57

    foei toggies ,,, Arme kind.

  • Ge - 2012-05-25 17:58

    we came....we saw....we stole.....

  • Mike - 2012-05-25 19:13

    @ najanivea: Troll!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-25 20:00

    Just typical in RSA. SAPS are so busy at the top to see who gets top position so that he can enrich himself there is no emphasis on cdrime just sick. I also wonder which group stole these things. Any guesses???

  • Francois R Nel - 2012-05-25 21:11

    mmmm, my stuff was also stolen. Nobody gave a sh/t. Is this the kind of sensational jurnolism we have to put up with?

  • Jay - 2012-05-26 12:36

    who hasnt been robbed? ive been mugged, stabbed, house robbing and was at the scene of an atm bombing in midrand that blew half my hearing out! boo hoo get over yourself! TIA

  • Jay - 2012-05-26 12:38

    they should catch the thieves pretty easy! i mean any black south african guy walking around with an olympic gold medal for.....swimming!!! is clearly lying and the medal is stolen! hahahahhaa

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