Charges dropped in Chief Justice office break-in

2017-10-18 19:49


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Johannesburg – Charges against a man, believed to be the mastermind behind a break-in at the Office of the Chief Justice, were dropped in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The office of the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions declined to prosecute, his lawyer Sammy Mahlangu told News24 on Wednesday.  

“They didn’t have anything on my client. On previous occasion, they [the State] requested a remand and I argued that it was unjustifiable to ask for a remand and that they needed to decide if they were going to prosecute or not,” Mahlangu said.

15 computers stolen

At his last court appearance in May, Mahlangu argued that the State’s case against his client, Nkosinathi Msimango, was weak.

“I knew from the moment I accepted instructions from him [Msimango] that they had nothing against him".

Msimago handed himself over to police on March 24.

Police said he had information that could lead to the recovery of 15 computers stolen from the Midrand offices of the Chief Justice, during the early hours of Saturday, March 18.

The computers contained sensitive information about the country's judges. He was granted R5 000 bail in April.

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