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ANC: Chief Justice's office burglary an attack on democracy

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the theft at the office of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is an attack on the country's democracy, adding people shouldn't make claims about who is responsible without proof.

On Saturday morning, computers with information about judges were taken from the office in Midrand but other computers closer to the office's entrance were not touched.

Just the day before, the Constitutional Court handed down its ruling on the social grant payment system, while the High Court in Pretoria struck down Berning Ntlemeza's appointment as head of the Hawks.

The Democratic Alliance’s chief whip John Steenhuisen says these incidents could be linked to the burglary.

The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa says this burglary must be taken very seriously.

“It’s an attack on our democracy and I don’t think it should be left unattended.”

But Steenhuisen tweeted he believes State Security Minister David Mahlobo may have been involved in this because of comments Mahlobo himself made.

“Where he came out and said the judiciary, NGOs and opposition are all being captured by foreign forces, and trying to effect a regime change.”

In a statement, the ANC says the break-in should leave all South Africans outraged and calls on police to find the culprits.

“Targeting the office of the chief justice, however, is a direct assault on the sanctity of the institutions we, as South Africans, hold dear as propping up our constitutional order. All people in South Africa are entitled to live in safety and free from crime.

“South Africans also want a strong, robust criminal justice system in which they have the fullest confidence in. The cowardly act of breaking into the Office of the Chief Justice is an affront on these aspirations and an attack on the very fibre of our democracy.”

The party has urged the chief justice’s office to ensure that its remaining information is secure.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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