Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s offices in Midrand have been broken into, confirmed his spokesperson Nathi Mncube on Saturday.
Fifteen computers in the human resources unit which contained important information about judges in the country, officials in the office of the chief justice, the Constitutional Court, high courts, Supreme Court of Appeal and other specialists courts were stolen.
The break-in “constitute a huge setback for the entire administration of the justice”.
It was reported to the South African Police Service and various SAPS units were dispatched to the OCJ to conduct further investigations.
“Upon being informed of this crime, the Chief Justice remarked that this must be viewed in a very serious light and the police ought to do everything in their power to ensure that the culprits are brought to book,” reads the statement from Mogoeng’s office.
Judge Mogoeng has been praised as a fearless protector of the law after saying the Sassa debacle showed Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s “absolute incompetence”.
EFF leaders Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Julius Malema have called him “President Mogoeng Mogoeng of the Republic of South Africa”.
Commenting on the break-in, Ndlozi said he hoped the plan was not to start accusing Mogoeng of being used by “imperialist forces or even CIA; why steal his computers”?
The DA said it was “shocked” the burglary which it said was an attack on the judiciary.
“We call on SAPS and crime intelligence to do everything to ensure those who stole from the OCJ are brought to book ASAP,” it said. Citizen