NPA Burglary: The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Monday, confirmed that the office of Gauteng’s Director of Public Prosecutions was burgled overnight.
The burglars are said to have managed to gain access to the highly secure building by bypassing multiple CCTV cameras and security guards on duty.
On getting to the second floor of the building, they entered two offices diagonally opposite each other and subsequently made off with the computers and other electronic devices without alerting the guards.
Concerned authorities have since launched investigations into the matter. When approached for comment, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed the incident but declined to disclose names of the prosecutors or how the burglary occurred.
“I would not be in a position to comment as [to] how they gained entry because the matter is sensitive. it is the subject of police investigation,” he said.
NPA internal security personnel is currently assisting police with their investigation.
The shocking burglary is the third high-level break-in around the country in a space of four months.
Last week, there was a break-in at the Hawks headquarters in Pretoria. The thieves made away with hard drives and computers that contained personal staff information from the HR, finance and supply chain departments.
The information contained in the stolen devices centered on a high-level anti-corruption investigation into staff appointments made by former Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza.
No arrests have been made and none of the equipment recovered yet.
In March, the offices of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Midrand was burgled. Computers containing sensitive information about over 200 judges were stolen by the thieves from the HR department.
Similarities between NPA and Hawks burglary
Multiple sources believe both burglaries must have been carried out by the same gang, owing to the striking similarities between both.
In both burglaries, “There were no signs of forced entry, the thieves walked past numerous offices and either went upstairs to offices‚ or as in the burglary at our headquarters to the back of the building. Both of these cases are being looked at as possibly being linked”, a source working at Hawks said.
Helen Suzman Foundation Burglary
Following report on NPA burglary, Helen Suzman Foundation director Francis Antonie‚ has called for an urgent intervention.
Antonie said what’s more devastating is the fact that targets are state institutions. He recalled how the Foundation’s offices were also burgled just days after it launched a High Court application calling for the suspension of Ntlemeza as Hawks head in March 2016.
“It’s not just one burglary that we are talking about. It was first our office‚ then the chief justice’s office and Hawks and now the prosecutors’ offices. We hesitate to say that there is a pattern here‚ but clearly, institutions of state are being targeted. The question remains by whom and for what purpose,” Antonie said.
BuzzSouthAfrica understands that computers and documents were stolen during the burglary at the Foundation.