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We had nothing to do with Chief Justice office burglary - SSA

The Office of the Chief Justice’s Nathi Mncube says they are trying to establish how the thieves gained access to the highly secure building.

FILE: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The State Security Agency has urged people to desist from making baseless accusations that it was responsible for the burglary at the Midrand office of the Chief Justice.

Early on Saturday morning, thieves stole 15 computers containing sensitive information, including the personal details of the country’s judges.

Police have assigned a senior detective and multi-disciplinary team to investigate the case.

The agency’s Brian Dube says the office is deeply concerned by the burglary but says it has nothing to do with it.

“We feel these are reckless and we think that people should give security services space to do their work and really look at what had happened and try to get those people who are involved in this act of crime.”

The Office of the Chief Justice’s Nathi Mncube says they are trying to establish how the thieves gained access to the highly secure building.

“There’s an alarm system in the building and we’re advised that it did go off but by the time the security got to the building it was a bit too late.”

He says Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has urged to the police to arrest those responsible.

At the same time, the Office of the Chief Justice says there are still no updates on the investigation into the theft at its premises.

Despite the lack of police visibility at the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand, acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says he has sanctioned a security assessment in order to help enhance security at the offices.

Phahlane says his office views the matter in a serious light, which is why he has appointed detectives to work around the clock to find the perpetrators and the computers.

Mncube says they will also commission an internal assessment of their security while they await the police investigation outcomes.

The break-in happened just a day after the Constitutional Court delivered a scathing judgement on the South African Social Security Agency grant saga.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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