Oversight needed in Chief Justice burglary investigation: Save SA

Oversight needed in Chief Justice burglary investigation: Save SA

The Save South Africa Campaign believes "political forces" are behind the burglary at Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's office at the weekend.


The offices in Midrand were burgled on Saturday, with the suspects stealing 15 computers.

It's understood that the computers contain sensitive information of some 250 judges and judicial officials.

Opposition parties and NGO's have criticised what is now being seen as a highly suspicious break-in.

The burglary occurred a day after the Constitutional Court judgement on the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) debacle and the ruling on Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza's appointment. 

Save SA's Lawson Naidoo says the burglary constitutes a brazen attack on the judiciary, and was clearly orchestrated.

"This incident may mark a crucial turning point in our constitutional democracy. It is a potential Watergate moment in which the independence of the judiciary is not just undermined, but brazenly challenged. We must act to guard its independence, which is key to ensuring our democracy in protected and sustained," says Naidoo.

Naidoo says they believe that it is imperative that the investigation into this matter is done quickly, thoroughly and without political interference.

"Given the doubts over the independence and the integrity of both the South African Police Service and the Hawks, we believe it is absolutely crucial that there be independent oversight over this investigation so that South Africans can have confidence that a proper investigation was indeed conducted," says Naidoo.

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