Following news of a break-in and theft at the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Tshwane, reports reveal the prosecutors whose offices were burgled – and had their laptops stolen – were handling the case in which controversial Hawks Brigadier Nyameka Xaba is a suspect.
The NPA confirmed on Monday that its Pretoria office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was broken into.
Xaba and several other Hawks officials are accused of taking South African Revenue Services (Sars) employee Vlok Symington hostage at his workplace last year.
The brigadier, who is head of the crimes against the state unit, led the investigation into former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
It has emerged that just last week, Xaba met with the two advocates handling the Symington case.
The NPA has asked that the identity of the prosecutors not be revealed because of concerns for their safety.
It is understood that the intruders gained access to the building by using a fire escape and climbing through a window which leads to the ladies’ bathroom.
The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says that while they are disturbed by the break-in, they are not in a position to comment further.
The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi says that Xaba is on leave, adding that it’s absurd to suggest he played any part in the burglary.
This is the third burglary to occur at a State Justice building in the last few months.