Alleged mastermind behind break-in at Chief Justice office back in court

Nkosinathi Msimango handed himself over to police in March. A number of computers were stolen.

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JOHANNESBURG – The alleged mastermind behind the break-in at the office of the Chief Justice is expected back in a Johannesburg court on Tuesday.

Nkosinathi Msimango handed himself over to police in March.

A number of computers were stolen in the break-in. The computers contain sensitive information on the country’s judges.

At the same time, an investigation is underway into a recent burglary at the Pretoria office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in which laptops were taken.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Monday that its Pretoria office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was broken into.

Hawks Brigadier Nyameka Xaba and several other Hawks officials are accused of taking South African Revenue Services (Sars) employee Vlok Symington hostage at his workplace last year.

The brigadier, who is head of the crimes against the state unit, led the investigation into former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Eyewitness News understands that just last week, Xaba met with the two advocates handling the Symington case.

The NPA has asked that the identity of the prosecutors not be revealed because of concerns for their safety.

It is understood that the intruders gained access to the building by using a fire escape and climbing through a window which leads to the ladies’ bathroom.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says that while they are disturbed by the break-in, they are not in a position to comment further.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi says that Xaba is on leave, adding that it’s absurd to suggest he played any part in the burglary.