S Africa se­cu­rity agency denies bur­glary

Financial Times Middle East - - Front Page - JOSEPH COT­TER­ILL — JO­HAN­NES­BURG

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”.

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