DA in picket over lax re­sponse to break-ins

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THERE was seem­ingly no ur­gency and in­ten­tion to probe and un­mask the in­di­vid­u­als be­hind the on­go­ing spate of break-ins and thefts at high­level pros­e­cu­to­rial and law en­force­ment agen­cies in South Africa, the DA said yes­ter­day.

DA MPs Zakhele Mb­hele, who is also the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion’s spokesper­son on po­lice, and the party’s spokesper­son on jus­tice, Glyn­nis Breyten­bach, led pick­eters out­side the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity (NPA) head of­fices in Sil­ver­ton, Pre­to­ria fol­low­ing a break-in at the Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions of­fices at Church Square in the Pre­to­ria CBD on Mon­day.

“There has been a se­ries of break-ins that are deeply con­cern­ing. They all point in a cer­tain di­rec­tion. You have to be par­tic­u­larly dense not to be able to work out where this is go­ing. It is wor­ry­ing… but it doesn’t seem to worry the peo­ple who should be worried – the NPA and the po­lice,” Breyten­bach said dur­ing the picket.

“There seems to be no ur­gency in these in­ves­ti­ga­tions and there seems to be no ur­gency in catch­ing the cul­prits and bring­ing them to book.

“Sec­ondly, the DA has laid a lot of charges against some very high-pro­file peo­ple, and some of those charges are over three years old. There ap­pears to be no move­ment on those charges, we get no feed­back. There ap­pears to be no progress and no­body seems to care.”

She said yes­ter­day’s picket was about draw­ing the at­ten­tion of the South African pub­lic, mak­ing ci­ti­zens aware that “their tax money should be used to in­ves­ti­gate mat­ters such as this, and not pay for lav­ish wed­dings at Sun City”. She said there was a ma­jor rea­son for South Africans to be deeply con­cerned.

The for­mer NPA se­nior prose­cu­tor said that be­sides pick­et­ing in the streets, the DA was pur­su­ing ac­count­abil­ity on sev­eral fronts.

“We write to them reg­u­larly. We ask par­lia­men­tary ques­tions when they come to the port­fo­lio com­mit­tees, we drive those is­sues with them, but the re­sults and the re­sponses are very un­sat­is­fac­tory. The pub­lic is not al­ways aware of those av­enues.

“So to­day we are say­ing to South Africa, ‘you pay a lot of money to have a Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity, you pay a lot of money to have the South African po­lice force, and that money you pay is so that they do their jobs, and we want them to do their jobs’.”

Some of the DA pro­test­ers at the NPA of­fices waved plac­ards on which were writ­ten: “Mbalula: Tweleb not min­is­ter”, “NPA is cap­tured” and “Cov­er­ing up for Zupta?”

On Mon­day, the NPA con­firmed that the of­fices of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions for Gaut­eng North in Pre­to­ria had been bur­gled.

“They broke into two of­fices on the sec­ond floor which are di­ag­o­nally op­po­site each other. They stole two com­put­ers,” said Lu­vuyo Mfaku, the NPA spokesper­son. The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Last week, the of­fices of the Hawks in Pre­to­ria were also bur­gled, and fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­sources records were stolen.

In March, the Of­fice of the Chief Jus­tice was bro­ken into. Com­put­ers with em­ploy­ment in­for­ma­tion of judges and em­ploy­ees were stolen. – ANA

The break-ins all point in a cer­tain di­rec­tion

PROTEST: DA spokesper­son on jus­tice, Glyn­nis Breyten­bach and party mem­bers out­side the NPA of­fices in Sil­ver­ton, Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day.

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