The police have announced that they’ve made commendable progress within few days of commissioning the investigation unit of the Chief Justice burglary crime.
In the early hours of Wednesday, acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane announced developments relating to the break-in that took place at the offices of the Chief Justice in Midrand, during the early hours of Saturday the 17th March 2017.
Phahlane announced that three suspects have been arrested by police in connection with the robbery. The men were arrested in different locations Mamelodi.
He said during the hunt, the police seized unlicensed firearms, fake IDs, and the getaway vehicle and that the items are considered evidential material which will be presented in court. The 15 IT computers that the robbers made away with are yet to be recovered by the police.
Phahlane refused to speak further about the identities of the three suspects, he, however, told reporters that they were not workers in the office of the Chief Justice.
The crime investigation team is spearheaded by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner of Crime Detection in Gauteng, Major-General Mary Motsepe.
The three suspects are expected to appear in court in Mamelodi today. They will face charges relating to other crimes they were positively linked to pending further investigation on this matter.
Reacting to the development, Phahlane expressed happiness with the arrest. He urged South Africans to also assist police with relevant information.
“We are extremely pleased that our members are working tirelessly to ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to book. I am urging the people of South Africa to continue to work closely with our members to ensure that incidents which seek to undermine our Constitution must not have a place in our society,” the Lieutenant-General said.
Fifteen computers containing information about the 250 judges and over 100 officials were taken early on Saturday morning while other computers were left behind.
Sources have it that the burglars entered through an emergency door and stole computers on the first floor but not those on the ground floor.
In the wake of the shocking report, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu and DA MP John Steenhuisen accused State Security Minister David Mahlobo of having a hand in the break-in.
The incidence also led to a public outcry and outrage of citizens mainly because the brazen criminals targeted the office of the highest judicial officer in our country. The crime was perpetrated barely 24 hours after the Constitutional Court handed down its ruling on the social grant crisis.