'Sinister' burglar targeting investigators

2012-11-08 08:34

Johannesburg - People investigating sensitive and political cases are increasingly being targeted by burglars who seem interested only in stealing documents.

Banks investigator Raymondt Dicks told The Star that CCTV cameras showed police cars patrolling outside his house during a robbery at his house, during which computers were stolen.

Security expert Hennie Van Vuuren said he was working on a document on the arms deal when he was burgled twice. Van Vuuren said he had no doubt that two robberies at his Cape Town office were about stealing information.

Journalists have also been targeted. “My computer and all its back-ups were taken…There are so many big cases we work on that it remains a possibility the theft was for more sinister reasons, but we can’t be sure,” said Noseweek editor Martin Welz about a robbery two months ago.

Andrew Trench, the editor of Media24’s investigations team and Jacques Pauw had their laptops taken from their offices at work with no sign of a break-in.

“We were very suspicious because we were working on stories involving crime intelligence and state security at the time. We had no evidence that the theft was sinister, but we were suspicious,” Trench said.

DA police spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard commented: “I know that when the Mdluli case was going on, there were some strange forces at work,” she said.

“The question must be asked: who would benefit from this information? It is becoming increasingly worrying that we are regressing… to an era where we are fearing sections of the police service.” 

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-08 08:42

    Not too hard to work out who is behind this, just look at what was stolen and who would benefit

      Eterni80 - 2012-11-08 09:56

      SA needs a serious wake up call !!!!!!!

      nikondaniel - 2012-11-08 10:21


      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-08 11:53

      Proving it is a biaatch though. They should have backed up their files with an online system, like Who doesn't these days.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-08 08:47

    The Crooked ANC up to its normal tricks.

  • hugo.smith2 - 2012-11-08 08:49

    The famous "3rd force" is back, it seems!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-08 09:10

      Arsene Lupin? Wonder who will get that one...

      Doep100 - 2012-11-08 09:49

      LOL Squeegee, I remember! Now I feel old...

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-11-08 10:24

      you forgot the verb "mischeveeeaaas"

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-08 13:13

      I saw Wors posting yesterday..... And Sqeeegee, trying to age us here?

  • hugo.smith2 - 2012-11-08 08:52

    Only in a Banana Republic! And we wonder why world investments are declining in our Country! They ANC will go to any lenghts and will use any means to keep this sort of thing away form the public, and will accept no responseability for anything. Reminders me of the old regime, where they try and control media etc.

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-11-08 09:26

      Remember Watergate? The world is full of crooks and corrupt people who will resort to any method whatsoever to destroy evidence. But this should be a warning to those busy with sensitive investigations, store your data somewhere else and your house or office is not a safe place.

  • errol.rudman - 2012-11-08 08:56

    Dirty tricks in the post apartheid era? This goverment is becoming more and more sinister by the day!

  • hugo.smith2 - 2012-11-08 08:58

    I am sure the burglars in these cases are not criminals but well trained specialists!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-08 08:58

    so the ANC is branching out... doesn't this scare anyone ??? the road to hell is paved with ANC BS.

      silenta.solly - 2012-11-08 10:03

      It is times like these that we remember Peter Mokaba

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-08 08:58

    Too many secrets for the government to hide... Solution? Make it okay to pay people to hide those secrets, and let the lies grow larger.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-08 09:10

    Can we NOW have the 'zuma tapes' - and most of this illegal activity will then abruptly come to an end?

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-08 09:16

    Don't you people make back-ups?Put your things away in a safe place.

  • sagin.verity - 2012-11-08 09:23

    We are living in darker times than appartheid. The anc is worse than the NP. South africa is dead

  • SharonE - 2012-11-08 09:25

    Plan A: Steal the evidence Plan B: Burn the court I wonder what Plan C could be?

      george.anderson.796569 - 2012-11-08 10:31

      Burn both

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-08 09:25

    The ANC cadres are increasingly being shown for who they are....Zuma tapes is a great start for instance...

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-11-08 09:32

    @Sharon plan C is to pull a Mogabe on you..

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-11-08 09:36

    Okay this is really funny! First its private planes then upgraded residents compared to the white house and now documents being stolen! Looks like our toi toi-ing shower head is suffering from delusions of grandeur and spending too much time watching NCIS

  • jus.manning - 2012-11-08 09:44

    These are the same people that start fires in the offices of courts and government buildings, destroying computers and files. These are the people that get rid of the evidence and have cases thrown out of court... Why is this a mystery?? These are professional crimes that can be prevented with proper IT systems, storing documents in secret locations, only accessible over a network.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-11-08 09:44

    Consider this. If all the corrupt cANCer thieves and their buddies were brought to book, (from Zipper down) some multi-story jails would have to be built to accommodate them all. The rot has manifested itself!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-08 11:16

    We are living in an age, not only in SA, where if you not store sensitive info off-site, then you are extremely naive. Once word gets around that people use off-site data storage, then this tactic will no longer work. One could even put signs up stating the fact.

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-08 11:54

    I think you dont have to look very far for the culprits..start at Luthuli House!

  • mogolobaneng - 2012-11-08 12:10

    Lol not a suprise I should say.

  • hendrik.oosthuizen.37 - 2012-11-08 13:15

    You can be 110% certain that the SAPS/Intelligence Services/NIA/SASS are all being misused by the people in position of power to do their dirty work for them, that's why they have appointed only the people to these positions that they can trust and do their corrupt bidding for them. It's all for the present circus that's in charge, to keep them empower and to hide there crimes/corruption.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-08 13:20

    A bakkie's leaf spring should be 'tensioned up', aimed at shin height strategically placed and attached to a trip mechanism. This is 'guaranteed to cause a mild sensation' for anyone who is where they have absobloodylutely no business being.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-11-08 14:25

    Local mols can barely use computers Probably send harddrives to commies for forensic audits! The KFC oil stains should be a big give-away!

  • Mike - 2012-11-08 14:29

    Of course, this is a golden opportunity to trick the bastards by filling a hard drive with misinformation and then inviting the pigs to nick it!! Imagine Big Mac trying to cover up what he perceives to be imminently breaking news of Zuma about to cash in and doing a runner to Switzerland with the ANC stash!!!!!!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-08 15:53

    Oh thats fantastic...police are doing extra work for they will be hit-men.

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