Port Elizabeth - Four of five paintings stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum at the weekend have been found on a bench in a cemetery in Port Elizabeth, police said on Tuesday.
Brigadier Marinda Mills said the paintings were discovered by a member of the dog unit around 1.30am.
“The officer was contacted by an informer in the morning. The (police) member went to the cemetery and found the paintings in a small private cemetery in Sunridge Park, behind the Dutch Reformed Church,” said Mills.
“Police forensic and crime scene experts are still combing the area as we speak. Verification of the art must still be done, but from a layman’s view it appears to be the same pieces that were taken in Pretoria.”
Mills said the recovered paintings appeared to be Maggie Laubser's “Cat and Petunias” (1936); JH Pierneef's “Eland and bird” (1961); Irma Stern's “Fishing boats” (1931) and Hugo Naude's “Hottentot chief”.