Chief Justice burglary: Phahlane slams those making ‘baseless claims’

Khomotso Phahlane announced that three people have been handcuffed in connection with the burglary.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Johannes Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has criticised people for making what he calls “baseless and unsubstantiated claims” about the burglary at the office of the Chief Justice, after suggestions emerged that the State Security Agency may have been involved in the crime.

The lieutenant general made the comments at a briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday where he announced that three people have been handcuffed in connection with the burglary.

The Chief Justice’s offices in Midrand were targeted early on Saturday morning and the 15 stolen computers have not yet been recovered.

Phahlane has called on people to be responsible when making comments on serious matters like the burglary at the office of the Chief Justice. “Making baseless and unfounded allegations against any individual or leaders in government is not helpful during the course of investigation of crimes.”

The police have called on a man named Nkosinathi Msimango to come forward with information.

“Further interviewing of those who were arrested have revealed the identity of a person with critical information required to solve the crime and the recovery of the stolen IT equipment.”

The three suspects appeared in the Mamelodi Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)