Police are still searching for a suspect allegedly linked to their investigation into the theft of 15 computer hard drives from the office of the Chief Justice.
The man, named Nkosinathi Msimango, is still at large and has been asked to come forward by acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane.
This comes after three suspects, who were initially arrested, turned out to be a dead-end in the investigation.
Times Media investigative journalist Stephan Hofstatter suggests that Msimango is being protected by elements of the State.
Hofstatter says the man has history of breaking the law, but all his cases "seemed to disappear".
It's alleged that Msimango has been arrested five times in connection with crimes such as armed robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Hofstatter says the cases disappeared because he is believed to have connections within the State Security Agency.
In each case, the case was either withdrawn or he was acquitted. My sources in the security services are saying that this was not coincidence.— Stephan Hofstatter, investigative journalist at Times Media
My research shows that Nkosinathi Msimango had five previous arrests and everyone of those cases seemed to disappear.— Stephan Hofstatter, investigative journalist at Times Media
Several sources in the police says he has also been linked to cash-in-transit heist and ATM bombings. Why would a person like this be implicated in theft of a couple of computers?— Stephan Hofstatter, investigative journalist at Times Media
Take a listen to Stephan Hofstatter as he gives us the lowdown:
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