Acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, has divulged that three arrests have been made in connection to the burglary at the office of the Chief Justice which occurred this past Saturday in Midrand.
Phahlane spoke during a press-briefing on Wednesday and explained that “Within days of the commission of this crime, exceptional progress had been made”.
The investigating team obtained information which led to the sighting of the stolen equipment in the vicinity of Mamelodi where three men were subsequently arrested.
The suspects were found in possession of fake identity documents, unlicensed fire-arms and what is believed to be the getaway vehicle.
“Not one of the three is a staff member of the offices” explained Phahlane when asked of the potential of the crime being an inside job. However, he added that investigations would continue and new information could come to light.
The 15 computers stolen have yet to be recovered, but Phahlane urged one Nkosinathi Msimang who police believe was near the location of the crime while it took place, to approach the SAPS.
“Mister Nkosinathi Msimang is not a suspect, yet persons interviewed have revealed that he might have information regarding the location of the stolen equipment”, explained Phahlane.
Phahlane refused to comment on the information contained in the stolen computers saying it was not his place to speculate.
However, when asked whether this incident could be connected to what transpired outside the Florida home of former Social Development Director-General Zane Dangor, Phahlane explained that it was a track he would definitely pursue to better understand the nature of both crimes.
“Just because nothing was taken doesn’t meant there was no crime committed”, said Phahlane.
Phahlane added in closing that a security assessment has been sanctioned by SAPS to enhance security resources around the offices of the Chief Justice.
The motive is, as yet, unclear and further investigations are pending.