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High level Hawks team investigates reported R50m theft at SSA

It's understood the money was discovered missing at the State Security Agency's head office on 26 December.

FILE. Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says investigations into the case are at an early stage. Picture: Supplied.
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JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks say a high level team has been appointed to investigate the theft of a reported R50 million in foreign currency from the State Security Agency's headquarters in Pretoria.

Yesterday, the department confirmed a large amount of money had been stolen, but declined to disclose the exact amount.

It's understood the money was discovered missing at the State Security Agency's head office on 26 December. 

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says investigations into the case are at an early stage.

“That matter is still being probed. It’s still early. A high level team is investigating the case.”

He says the exact amount stolen cannot be revealed at the moment.

“We do not want to reveal the amount concerned due to the sensitivity of the case.”

The department says it hopes those responsible will be arrested soon.

The department is calling for the swift arrest and prosecution of the criminals behind the theft.

Spokesperson Brian Dube says, “An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from our head offices in Pretoria. The Hawks are leading an investigation into the matter. We hope to make arrests soon, so that we can bring these people to book.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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