Concerns mount as Office of the Chief Justice burgled

Concerns mount as Office of the Chief Justice burgled

Police in Gauteng has set up a multidisciplinary task team to investigate a robbery at the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand yesterday.

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A multidisciplinary task team has been set up, to investigate a robbery at the offices of the Chief Justice, in Midrand yesterday. 

Fifteen computers were stolen from the Human Resources department. 

The computers contain important information of various judges and judiciary officials. 

"Our team comprises detectives, forensic analysis experts as well as crime intelligence experts," says police Colonel Athlenda Mathe.

She says the team has been tasked with studying and analysing the crime scene and to come up with a plan on how to proceed. 

The team is led by Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Major General Mary Motsepe. 

No one has yet been arrested, with police saying the investigation is at a very sensitive stage. 

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has instructed security be beefed up immediately. 

The Office of the Chief Justice has reacted to the theft, saying it is a massive setback for the administration of justice. 

Police say the robbery is being considered an attack on the judiciary. 

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has called on police to do everything in their power to bring the suspects to book.

The incident occured less than 24-hours after the spotlight was fully on the justices of the Constitutional court. 

The court ordered a 12-month extention of the current social grant payment contract between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

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