Chief Justice Office Burglary: EFF’s Floyd & DA’s Steenhuisen Make Shocking Allegation Against Minister Mahlobo


While South Africans continue to condemn the burglary which occurred at the office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Midrand in Johannesburg on Saturday morning, the ANC has urged Police Minister Mahlobo to take legal action against DA MP John Steenhuisen for alleging he masterminded the crime.

In the wake of the break-in, Steenhuisen made a post on Twitter, in strong agreement with EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu that the minister was the one who broke into the office and stole the CJ’s computers.

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Shivambu alleged that: “My rational suspicion is that the State Security Agency (Mahlobo) is the one who broke into Chief Justice’s office and stole computers.”

Shortly after Shivambu’s tweet, Steenhuisen reacted by posting:

ANC Calls For Legal Action Against Steenhuisen

Not long after, the ANC released a statement challenging the DA MP to prove his suspicions but the ruling party got a shocking reply from a defiant Steenhuisen, as the MP fired one more bullet at the party.

The office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was burgled by robbers on Saturday morning.

Mogoeng’s office said in a detailed statement that about 15 computers containing sensitive information about 250 judges and over 1,800 officials of the OCJ were stolen by the robbers.

The crime took place at the Midrand offices where the human resources and facilities units are located.

The spokesperson for the Republic of South Africa Judiciary Nathi Mncube confirmed the ugly development, adding that investigation into the crime has started.

“I can confirm that there was a break-in at the office of the chief justice. I must indicate that this is the administration wing of the office, which is located in Midrand.

The police have informed us that they are currently investigating the matter, with the view to have the perpetrators arrested.”

The suspicious break-in happened barely 24-hours after the Constitutional Court handed down a damning judgment on Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on the social grants crisis she had “manufactured”.

Reliable 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.

Following the crime, a constitutional rights group – the Council for the Advancement for the South African Constitution (Casac) – has called for independent oversight of an investigation into a robbery at the Chief Justice’s office.

Another group, the Save SA said it believed that burglary was not a coincidence but a crime connected to the Constitutional Court judgment on Sassa.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) described the timing of the crime as highly “suspicious”.

“Like the robbery at the Helen Suzman Foundation, almost a year ago exactly, the DA views this as an act of intimidation,” DA MP and former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach said.

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The opposition party promised to submit parliamentary questions as to why there wasn’t adequate security at the office of the chief justice which allowed for the break-in to occur.

Meanwhile, Buzzsouthafrica understands that a high-level investigation into the weekend break-in is under way. The team is led by Gauteng’s Deputy Commissioner for Crime Detection.

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