Break-in scare at Lindiwe Sisulu’s office

2014-08-15 14:29

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Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu had an office break-in scare, sparking fears amongst staff that somebody could be after sensitive information.

Sisulu’s spokesperson Ndivuwo Mbaya played down the incident, which happened last week when staff had left the office.

He said the burglars broke into the director-general’s office, which is in a wing adjacent to Sisulu’s office and is easier to get to.

“A laptop was stolen of one of our project managers in communications. The minister doesn’t own a computer, only an iPad and a phone but we are taking this seriously,” he said, adding that no sensitive information went missing.

There was talk amongst staff following the burglary that a hard drive with sensitive information on audits was removed from Sisulu’s computer, but Mabaya said she doesn’t use a laptop or computer for work.

He said there were only a desk and a boardroom table in her office.

“In our office now you will not be able to steal anything that will excite you,” he said.

The department has, however, asked the State Security Agency as well as the police to investigate.

Asked why they needed intelligence agents to investigate a simple burglary, Mabaya said: “The fact that some criminal breaks into the department is a serious concern. So while the police investigate the burglary, intelligence can make recommendations on how better to protect the building.”

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