Office of the Chief Justice undergoing security assessment

Office of the Chief Justice undergoing security assessment

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane says a security assessment is being done at the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand.

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Anelisa Kubheka

Phahlane briefed the media following the arrest of three men in connection with the break-in, which saw the theft of 15 computers. 

"We have sanctioned a security assessment for the purposes of advising on the enhancement of security at the Office of the Chief Justice," said Phahlane.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's spokesperson Nathi Mncube attended the press briefing, saying they were invited for an update on the investigation.

"We are encouraged by the progress they reported today and we will be taking this information back to the Chief Justice to assure him there is progress there has been made," said Mncube.

The stolen computers were housed in an office on the second floor of the building, and contains personal information about judges and judicial officers.

Mncube says no judges have approached them to express fear over their personal safety.

"We have been in contact with the Judge Presidents to indicate that at this point in time there is not cause for concern on their part, but we are working the South African Police Services to look in to the matter whether there is a need to enhance security around the judges themselves," said Mncube.

Mncube said he believed the office was secure enough.

"From a layman's point of view, we felt that there is sufficient security, but we are open to suggestions from the South African Police Service," said Mncube.

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