Lap­top com­put­ers taken from of­fices

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

THIEVES have bro­ken into the of­fices of South Africa’s Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion, mak­ing off with lap­top com­put­ers, the watch­dog said on Sat­ur­day. It is the lat­est in a se­ries of high­pro­file bur­glar­ies tar­get­ing law en­force­ment bod­ies. “Two lap­tops were stolen on Tues­day from the di­vi­sion re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­ga­tions into car­tel con­duct,” the head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Sipho Ng­wema, said in a state­ment. The break-in came a few weeks af­ter thieves stole two lap­tops from the state pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fices. The Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion is re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­gat­ing is­sues in­clud­ing car­tel con­duct and merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, be­fore bring­ing them to the Com­pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal for ad­ju­di­ca­tion. The case has been trans­ferred to South Africa’s elite Hawks po­lice unit for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ng­wema said. In July, bur­glars stole hard drives and other com­puter equip­ment from the Hawks. In March, 15 com­put­ers con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on South Africa’s judges and court of­fi­cials were stolen from the of­fices of the Chief Jus­tice.

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