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IRR suspects ‘rogue forces’ in Helen Suzman Foundation robbery

The IRR says the raid must be viewed as the types of people the foundation has challenged in courts.

Police tape generic. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN
Helen Suzman Foundation,Major General Berning Ntlemeza,Berning Ntlemeza
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JOHANNESBURG – The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) says it believes the weekend raid on the Helen Suzman Foundation’s Johannesburg offices was the work of ‘rogue State security forces’. 

In a well-orchestrated operation, several armed robbers over-powered a security guard on Sunday and stole computers as well as documents. 

The raid came just days after the foundation filed a court application to challenge the appointment of Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza. 

The IRR’s Frans Cronje says the raid must be viewed in the context of the types of people the foundation has challenged in courts. 

“Our suspicion is that this was an operation by rogue security forces seeking to get information on the foundation’s activities and to send a message, to attempt to intimidate the foundation.”

The foundation says the attack was no ordinary robbery and they have deep suspicions around who may be responsible. 

The Hawks say they’ll issue a statement on the raid soon. 

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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