Concerns raised about frequent burglaries at state institutions

In recent months the office of the Chief Justice, the Hawks’ headquarters and the offices of the National Director of Public Prosecutions were broken into.

FILE: National Prosecuting Authority offices in Pretoria. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Serious concerns have been raised about the frequency of burglaries at state institutions and why a break-in at the Chief Prosecutor’s offices in Pretoria was only made public a week later.

It’s emerged that prosecutor Matric Luphondo’s office at the Pretoria magistrates court was broken into last Thursday but police only confirmed they were investigating the incident on Wednesday.

In recent months, the office of the Chief Justice, the Hawks’ headquarters and the offices of the National Director of Public Prosecutions were broken into.

Police cannot confirm exactly what was taken during the latest break-in at the chief prosecutor’s office in Pretoria but say that the office where the dockets are kept is where the incident happened.

Initially, two Gauteng police spokespersons denied any knowledge of the break-in, then confirmed it was being investigated.

The Hawks have not been tasked with investigating this incident at this stage.

Just two weeks ago, intruders gained access to the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions and stole several computers.