Case against suspect in Chief Justice burglary postponed

Nkosinathi Msimango, who handed himself over to the police in March and is currently out on bail, made a brief appearance in court today.

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JOHANNESBURG - The case against the main suspect in the burglary at the office of the Chief Justice has been postponed to allow investigators time to photograph him for a comparison with surveillance footage.

Nkosinathi Msimango, who handed himself over to the police in March and is currently out on bail, made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrates Court earlier on Tuesday.

Msimango is allegedly linked to the theft of more than a dozen computers from the Chief Justice’s offices in Midrand in March.

The State told the court the police’s forensic unit needs to take photographs of Msimango’s face as part of their ongoing investigation.

The court heard that these pictures will be compared to the faces of people recorded by surveillance cameras at the office of the Chief Justice.

The case has been postponed until the end of next month.

Msimango’s latest court appearance follows two more high-profile break-ins in which intruders targeted electronic equipment.

Last week thieves made off with computers from the Hawks headquarters in Silverton, while two laptops were stolen from the Director of Public Prosecution’s office in the Pretoria CBD over the weekend.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)