Break-in at top lawyer's office

2012-08-29 10:07

Johannesburg - Thieves broke into the offices and stole valuable goods including clients' documents and a company car of prominent Johannesburg lawyer Zola Majavu, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Star newspaper reported that Majavu said he was asleep on Tuesday morning when police called him at about 01:25 to inform him they found the car near Fun Valley, south of the city.

The car was branded and he told police all the cars were accounted for when he left the office at 22:00.

"I had locked the office myself, and I know that when I left, everything was in order," he told The Star.

"But the police told me that everything about the abandoned car looked suspicious and suggested that I go to the office to check because that is where the car was taken."

The thieves gained entrance through the ceiling after they removed roof tiles and ransacked the office and deactivated the CCTV, the newspaper reported.

They took the CCTV back-up machine, six plasma screen televisions, two desktop computers, two laptops, a microwave oven and Majavu's court bag.

"They took a lot of stuff I use for work, even my dictaphone," he told The Star.

"Most importantly they also took my court bag which [contained] my clients' documents and my [court] gown.

He said he only had back-up copies of some of the documents and had no idea who had broken into his office.

Majavu represented Patrick Ndlovu, accused of killing right-wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, and is also a former PSL executive.

Mondeor police confirmed a business burglary case was opened.

  • gareth.perkins.52 - 2012-08-29 10:13

    OOOH You need offsite backups...

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-29 10:35

      That's the only way to go! Can't replace lost data if they steal your equipment and local backups. But at least you can recover your data if you have offsite backups. Good, solid advice Gareth-P!

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 10:16

    WTF can't this CCTV send pictures to the remote server/location or they will go at take that server as well. So he did not have intruder detection alarm or they have a pin number.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-29 10:20

    Aaaa great, just what this country needs a fake lawyer with a stolen court robe.

  • - 2012-08-29 10:21

    Me thinks it's Orlando Pirates supporters, they think he's still the PSL prosecutor. What on earth are you going to do with Zola Majavu's gown, my learned thief?

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 10:21

    Nothing about this sounds right - @jackie - My question as well? Its shocking that with all the technology of today they never thought of an external back up system? We are but a tiny company of 7 people and we all do DAILY backups to external HD.

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2012-08-29 10:22

    I swear it was members of the right wing organisations...

      gerald.mphuthi - 2012-08-29 10:23

      This was done to spite you Mr Majavu

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-29 10:33

    They stole six plasma's screens....hehehe. The insurance company might want to verify these claims

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 10:40

    Something sounds fishy here. Robbers knew too much. Inside job?

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-29 11:26

    They probably stole all the documentation about corruption in South Africa, all the money Government Officials stole as-well... As if everything just happens because it was "planned to happen" hahhaa.. this is ridiculous!!

  • deirdre.maule - 2012-08-29 13:22

    It's the microwave oven that gets me... I mean I can understand the "IT" appliances and the bag, but the microwave, really? What are they going to do, stop and warm up some coffee ...

  • Del Pearson - 2013-03-14 09:20

    The sad thing is this happens to dozens of "lowly" citizens every day, but we don't get our cases splashed all over the news paper. There is no justice so who needs lawyers????????????

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