Robbery of Chief Justice office an attack on democracy – ANC

The robbery at the office of the Chief Justice in Midrand is a direct attack on the sanctity of the institution and on the country's democracy, the ANC has said

The party was responding to a robbery in which 15 computers in the human-resources unit were stolen on Saturday.

The computers contained important and sensitive information about judges in South Africa, and officials in the office of the Chief Justice, the Constitutional Court, high courts, Supreme Court of Appeal and other specialist courts.

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“This break-in has been reported to the police and they are working hard and investigating the matter;  we are hoping that the perpetrators will be arrested soon,” Mogoeng Mogoeng‘s spokesperson Nathi Mncube said.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the robbery should leave all South Africans outraged and law enforcement agencies should be speedy in finding and bringing the perpetrators to book.

“Targeting the office of the chief justice … is a direct assault on the sanctity of the institutions we, as South Africans, hold dear as propping up our Constitutional order.”

Kodwa said South Africans wanted a strong and robust criminal justice system they could trust.

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“The cowardly act of breaking into the office of the chief justice is an affront on these aspirations and an attack on the very fibre of our democracy.”

The party called on the office to ensure that all its remaining information is secured “to mitigate against any efforts to undermine or compromise the dispensing of justice as a result of the break-in”.

Source: News24 Wire