Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane will on Wednesday morning give details on the investigation into the burglary at the office of the Chief Justice.
Fifteen computers containing information about the country’s judges were taken early on Saturday morning but other computers were left behind.
The robbery sparked outrage from NGOs and political parties with the African National Congress (ANC) saying it was an assault on democracy, while the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution said it could be a turning point in the country’s constitutional democracy.
But the ANC also lambasted Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen for saying he believed State Security Minister David Mahlobo could be responsible.
The police service say that they are treating this as a top priority and that a multi-disciplinary team would investigate.
Now details of that investigation will be released this morning.
Questions are still being raised about two suspicious burglaries since the Constitutional Court judgment about South Africa’s social grant payment system, with just over a week before beneficiaries are due to be paid.
The court criticised Sassa and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for their conduct in the payment crisis before ruling that the contract with CPS should be extended for a further 12 months.
Following the break-in at the Chief Justice’s offices, former Social Development Director-General Zane Dangor’s Florida home was broken into.
It’s still unclear if there’s any link between the break-ins and the social grants payment crisis which Dlamini has been blamed for.
Meanwhile, Dangor is yet to open a case with police but says nothing was taken from his home.
Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza has confirmed that Dangor called him soon after the break-in and they discussed how one of the cars used in Monday’s incident resembled a suspicious vehicle spotted outside his home a week earlier.
Dangor said it’s suspicious that the Magwaza experienced a similar ordeal at his home a week earlier.
“In my case, I see as an act of intimidation. For me, I think I’d have felt better if they had stolen the TV or they had stolen something because that would have appeared as part of normal crime but this is suspicious as they took nothing and it’s very intimidating.”
Dangor said he will wait for the outcomes of any possible investigation that might link the break-in at his Florida home to incidents at the Chief Justice’s office and the home of Magwaza.
Magwaza said while he was at a meeting, his family alerted him to a car parked in front of their home.
The man left soon after they threatened to call the police.
“It might be on the Chief Justice or some other group and then it's somebody else and in my house, it was somebody else. But this whole thing is too much of a coincidence.”