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SOUTH AFRICAN PROSECUTING AUTHORITY SAYS COMPUTERS STOLEN FROM ITS OFFICE CONTAIN SENSITIVE INFORMATION

PRETORIA, The South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the computers stolen from its offices this week contain sensitive information.

The NPA is, however, reluctant to say what kind of information has been stolen but has confirmed that the laptops belonged to two senior prosecutors, while the South African Police Service (SAPS) has quickly reacted to yet another break-in at a national key point, this time the NPA offices in Church Square, Pretoria.

Two laptops with crucial information were taken and an inside job cannot be ruled out. SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said Monday: We are following all the leads, which were conducted during the scene investigation and we believe that we will be tracing the suspects and we are on the right track.

The NPA said it did not want to sensationalise the case. NPA spokesperson Lovuyo Mfaku said: “I can assure you that no dockets were taken. The DPP (Deputy Public Prosecutors) in Pretoria handle high-profile cases like the Kike murder, robbery, organized crime, but at this stage we don’t want to engage as to what cases those prosecutors were handling.

The break-in took place less than a week after computers were stolen from the head office of the SAPS’ Priority Crime Investigation Unit, the Hawks. Earlier this year, the office of the Chief Justice was burgled. The post office was also targeted.

SAPS spokesperson Makhubela said: We don’t link these cases together, but we will be investigating them independently. We believe the team which is set out, they are following all the leads and those who have committed these crimes they must know that the police are on their feet and sooner or later they will be arrested.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s main opposition party, plans to stage a picket outside the NPA offices in Silverton. It wants to pressure the authorities to act on these crimes.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK