DA on break-ins at jus­tice of­fices

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – ANA

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula and the Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Shaun Abra­hams must be sum­moned to Par­lia­ment to ex­plain the lack of progress in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the spate of bur­glar­ies at crim­i­nal jus­tice of­fices, the DA said yes­ter­day.

“Given the deaf­en­ing si­lence from Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula and the Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (NDPP), Shaun Abra­hams, the DA will re­quest that they be sum­moned be­fore a joint sit­ting of the po­lice and jus­tice port­fo­lio com­mit­tees to brief on what progress, if any, has been made in in­ves­ti­gat­ing these seem­ingly co-or­di­nated and ex­tremely wor­ry­ing in­ci­dents,” DA jus­tice spokesper­son Glyn­nis Breyten­bach said.

This came af­ter the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity (NPA) con­firmed that there had been a bur­glary at the Pretoria Mag­is­trate’s Court and that those in­volved had tar­geted the of­fice of chief pub­lic prose­cu­tor Ma­tric Luphondo.

Breyten­bach said it was dis­turb­ing that the break-in was “kept quiet” for nearly a week.

She said the re­cent bur­glar­ies at the Of­fice of the Chief Jus­tice, the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions in North Gaut­eng and the Hawks in Sil­ver­ton, as well as those of the SABC in Par­lia­ment and the He­len Suz­man Foun­da­tion, were clearly a co-or­di­nated at­tempt to in­tim­i­date op­po­nents of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

She said it was now time that the pub­lic and Par­lia­ment be given a proper brief­ing as to what ex­actly was be­ing done to find the cul­prits.

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