NATIONAL NEWS: Probe launched after break-in at Chief Justice’s office in Midrand

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have launched a probe into a break-in at the office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) in Midrand on Saturday evening.
Allegedly 15 computers were stolen containing personal information of SA’s 250 judges.
Nathi Mncube, spokesperson for the South African Judiciary confirmed the break-in.
“During the commission of this criminal offense, 15 computers were stolen in the office where the Human Resources and Facilities Units are located.”
Mncube said the stolen computers contains important information about Judges and officials of the OCJ and constitute a huge setback for the entire administration of the justice.
“The break-in was reported to the SAPS and various units from SAPS were dispatched to the OCJ to conduct further investigations.”
Colonel Athlenda Mathe, spokesperson for the acting national commissioner of the SAPS said Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane has sanctioned a thorough investigation into the break-in at the office of the Chief Justice during the early hours of Saturday morning.
“A multi-disciplinary team led by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner of Crime Detection in Gauteng, Major General Mary Motsepe, has been appointed to expedite the processing of the crime scene.”
Mathe said the SAPS believes the break-in at the offices of the Chief Justice to be an attack on the Judicial System and views this in a serious light.
“We condemn in the strongest terms this unfortunate incident; we have assembled a team of detectives to process the investigation. The team is working around the clock with a view to bring the perpetrators of this crime to book,” said Phahlane.
In a separate incident, a Gauteng South High Court Judge was regrettably robbed at his place of residence.
 The acting commissioner will sanction a security assessment for the purposes of advising on the enhancement of security at the offices.

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