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Security of judges to be beefed up: Jeffrey

Monday 20 March 2017 18:26

Jamaine Krige

Fifteen computers containing sensitive information about the country's judges were stolen.(SABC)

The Justice and Constitutional Development Department is looking at measures to beef up the security of judges. This follows the break-in at the Office of the Chief Justice in Midrand at the weekend.

The Justice Department says it is too early to determine what impact the theft at the offices providing support for the Chief Justice at the weekend had on the judiciary.  

The department says the incident does not reflect the integrity and credibility of the judiciary.

Fifteen computers containing sensitive information about the country's judges were stolen.

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffrey says, “The police must be supported in their investigation. However, we've been advised not to divulge any information as that might compromise the investigation. We need to look at improving the security for that particular building. There was security provided by a private security company, but clearly that wasn't enough and what one needs to look at is how to improve it to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again. This would also include measures to possibly increase the security of judges where necessary.”


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused State Security Minister David Mhlobo of being behind the incident. The opposition wants the ministers of police, justice and safety and security be called to parliament to answer questions about the break-in at the Office of the Chief Justice.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach has written to the Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Mathole Motshekga, urging him to call the trio to attend a briefing by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's office on Thursday.

She says the official opposition regards the security breach as suspect. - Additional reporting by ANA

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