Task team to investigate Chief Justice robbery

Lieutenant Khomotso Phahlane, the acting police commissioner, says a task team is "working around the clock" to bring to book the perpetrators of the robbery that took place at the office of the Chief Justice

A multidisciplinary task team is investigating the robbery at the office of the Chief Justice in Midrand that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, said Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, the acting police national commissioner.

A total of 15 computers containing sensitive information of South African judges, judiciary staff and all the courts were stolen from the office.

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Phahlane said the team will be led by Major General Mary Motsepe, deputy provincial commissioner of crime detection in Gauteng, who had been appointed to expedite the processing of the crime scene.

The police believe the break-in is an attack on the judicial system and are viewing it in a serious light.

“We condemn [the break-in] in the strongest terms; 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.

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He added that he would sanction a security assessment to advise on the improvement of security at the offices.

The investigation into the matter was ongoing, he said.

Phahlane said that in a separate incident, a South Gauteng high court judge was robbed at his place of residence.

The matter is the subject of a police investigation.

Source: News24 Wire