'No ordinary robbery' at Helen Suzman Foundation

2016-03-21 13:05
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Johannesburg - A group of armed robbers knew what they wanted and where to go when they broke into the Helen Suzman Foundation’s offices in Johannesburg, director Francis Antonie said on Monday.

"This was no ordinary robbery. The thieves knew exactly what they were after. We obviously do not know who they were, but we have our deep suspicions,” he said.

The group held up an unarmed security guard at the entrance to the premises in Parktown on Sunday afternoon and made directly for the HSF.

"After forcing the guard to open the gate, the invaders drove their vehicle into the basement of the building, where they knew there was a lift to the second floor,” said Antonie.

“Other businesses in the building were left alone. Nothing else of value besides the computers was taken."

Litigation against government

Antonie referred to the HSF and Freedom Under Law’s latest litigation against the government, just two days before the robbery.

On Friday, the parties sought to interdict Hawks head Major General Berning Ntlemeza from exercising his powers, pending a review of the processes leading to his appointment.

"General Ntlemeza was appointed by President Zuma to the highest office within the Hawks, the country’s leading corruption and crime fighting unit, notwithstanding previously damning judicial findings impugning his integrity, honesty and fitness."

Antonie deplored the robbery and said it was an example of “illegality running riot”.

“The HSF wants nothing more than a country which protects its citizens’ rights through the due process of law,” he said.

“The HSF calls on all civil society organisations, the business community as well as the public at large to stand together and speak out loudly in defence of the ever-growing threat to the hard-won freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.”

Read more on:    helen suzman foundation  |  berning ntlemeza  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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