Cape Times

Laptop computers taken from offices


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. – Reuters

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