Chief Justice office burglary probe ongoing, new security in place

2017-05-03 18:50
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File Beeld)

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Cape Town - The investigation into a recent burglary at the offices of the Chief Justice in Midrand is ongoing, and new security measures have been put in place, MPs have heard.

The chief police investigator is still working on the case, and both the building and police have upped security measures in the meantime, office of the chief justice (OJC) secretary general Memme Selosengwe said on Wednesday.

"After the incident, the number of security guards around the precinct increased," she told the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services during a report back on the OJC's annual plan.

"The landlord has also committed to change the security fencing around the building, and will replace it with clear view fencing."

Gauteng police have upped patrol outside the premises in Midrand, and lighting has also been improved.

A decision has not yet been made around whether the police or private security should continue protecting the building in the long-term, she said.

Discussions are still taking place around the feasibility of making the Office of the Chief Justice's work premises a national key point.

The burglary took place in the early hours of Saturday, March 18.

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

The alleged mastermind behind the break-in, Nkosinathi Msimango, was granted R5 000 bail on April 3.

Msimango, 34, handed himself to police on March 24, after police said publicly he had information that could lead to the recovery of the computers.

The matter was postponed to May 17 for further investigation.

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