S Africa security agency denies burglary
The state security agency has denied involvement in a burglary at the chief justice’s offices, amid opposition alarm over threats to courts that have clashed with the ruling ANC.—
South Africa’s state security agency has denied involvement in a burglary at the chief justice’s offices, as civil society and opposition parties raised the alarm over threats to the independence of courts that have clashed with the ruling African National Congress.
Computers that may have contained personal data on hundreds of judges and other justice officials were stolen during a break-in at the office of Mogoeng Mogoeng early on Saturday, the justice department confirmed yesterday.
No other computers in the building, in Midrand near Johannesburg, were touched during the incident, which came a day after the courts delivered two judgments against President Jacob Zuma’s government.
On Friday, Mr Mogoeng’s constitutional court took over supervision of welfare payments in South Africa and criticised Bathabile Dlamini, a minister and Zuma ally, for nearly allowing the system to grind to a halt. On the same day the High Court in Pretoria threw out the appointment of head of the Hawks, the anti-corruption police unit that last year failed to bring fraud charges against Pravin Gordhan, finance minister. The government will appeal against the ruling.
The state security agency noted the “baseless accusations”.