Reports have it that burglars attacked Hawks head office in Silverton, Pretoria and made away with computers containing confidential information.
BuzzSouthAfrica is yet to gather detailed information about the burglary at Hawks head office.
But, News24 reported that the Department of Priority Crime Investigation didn’t notice the break-in which presumably happened on Tuesday night until it was discovered that certain items have gone missing this morning.
It was reported that Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi related the burglars looted the HR, finance and supply chain departments.
“We are still trying to ascertain if any documents are missing. That will only be confirmed once the forensic, fingerprints team are done with their work.
“The only way through to access the environment is to use access cards. We will be looking at the security to see if it is up to scratch or not and if not, surely we must take action,” commented Brigadier Mulaudzi
Already, an intensive investigation has been launched to look into the break-in at the Hawks’ head office.
The Acting National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has condemned the incident. Matakata assured that a crack team will foresee the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party charged that the Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, must let the nation know what actions are being taken to find out who was responsible for the break-in and what contingencies are being put in place to stop similar incidents from happening.
“It should be one of the Minister’s priorities to ensure that in the future, this independent organised crime fighting unit is protected from all acts of intimidation, threats and attacks.
“It is clear that there is a growing culture of intimidation in South Africa which is gravely concerning in a constitutional democracy like ours.
“There is a clear trend at the moment that those who speak out or take a stand against corruption are being targeted,” DA stressed.