On Saturday morning fifteen computers containing confidential information of all South African judges, judiciary staff and courts were stolen following a break-in at the office of the Chief Justice.
The office of the acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane has announced that a team of detectives has been set up to investigate the break-in.
The South African Police Services says it considers the break-in as an attack on the judicial system.
Political analyst, Ebrahim Fakir says it is difficult to pin down the motives behind the break-in because of South Africa's high levels of everyday crime.
Some people say this could just be a criminal act, one that happens every day.— Ebrahim Fakir, Political analyst
Fakir adds that it is hard not to link the motive to the High Court finding to remove Berning Ntlemeza as the Head of Hawks as well as the South African Social Security Agency court case.
Fakir says you can count the several instances in which the court have made adverse findings against the functioning of government.
It is not far fetched for people to think this about garnering dirt on judges, and to extract information such pay scales and benefits they get.
And then expose them and say look these are guys who entrench the kind of inequality that we live with.— Ebrahim Fakir, Political analyst
Fakir says this gives the impression that we are living in a rogue state.
Have we descended as a society to a level at which we would attack one of the most important offices in our country?— Ebrahim Fakir, Political analyst
For more analysis from Ebrahim Fakir listen to the clip below: