Madonsela not worried about beefing up security

The police arrested 26 Black First Land First Movement members who say they demonstrated peacefully.

FILE: Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office says it doesn't appear necessary at this stage to review security at her office despite more than two dozen activists storming the building yesterday.

The police arrested 26 Black First Land First Movement members who say they demonstrated peacefully.

The movement says it was protesting against Madonsela's alleged failure to act on a complaint about the theft of R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank during the apartheid era.

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The Public Protector's Oupa Segalwe says this kind of security breach has not happened before.

"This is the first incident of its kind. Last October they came here and protested at the front desk and this time around they went over and overpowered security then jumped over the desk."

The police's Vishnu Naidoo says they're investigating a case of trespassing.

"When they demanded to see the Public Protector and when this was not happening, they apparently forced their way into the building, this is what concerned the employees and they called the police."

Madonsela was not at the office at the time of the incident.