JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says it is deeply disturbed by the burglary at the office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
On Saturday, thieves broke into the Midrand offices and made off with 15 computers containing important and sensitive information.
Casac says the burglary took place after a period in which the courts have upheld the Constitution in the face of executive disdain for due process and the rule of law.
The council's executive secretary Lawson Naidoo says: “Casac believes this is an ominous development and has the potential to knock our democracy. It has the hallmarks of an orchestrated campaign to undermine the integrity of the judiciary.”
The judiciary says Mogoeng is gravely concerned about the burglary and has urged police to view the crime in a very serious light.
During a separate incident on Saturday, Gauteng High Court Judge Ramarumo Monama was robbed at gunpoint at his home.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)