EFF: Burglary at parliamentary office was inside job

The EFF say there were no visible signs of a break-in, just opened doors and missing files.

FILE. The EFF's section in Parliament. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete's office has confirmed receiving a letter from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) saying there's been a suspected break-in at the party's parliamentary offices.

The EFF said it discovered on Wednesday that doors leading to party leader Julius Malema's office were open and that files were missing.

Party spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said it appears the lock of an inter-leading door between Malema's office and that of his personal assistant had been changed, as the key no longer worked.

Ndlozi said there were no signs of a break-in, just open doors and missing files from Malema's office.

The party is pointing fingers at Parliament, suggesting that duplicate keys were obtained.

"It looks like an inside job, because even to reach that door you need to be able to enter in the main door."

Ndlozi said the police and Mbete were informed.

Mbete's spokesperson Mandlakazi Sigcawu confirmed to Eyewitness News the EFF's letter reporting a suspected break-in had been received.

Sigcawu said, however, it's an operational matter, to be dealt with by Parliament's protection services.