The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) confirmed that their head offices in Silverton, Tshwane, were broken into and their computers stolen.
Mandy Wiener, EWN reporter, tells Midday Report host, Stephen Grootes that the break-in happened either late on Tuesday evening or in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
We know that the area that was targeted wasn't where the investigations are done. It is where HR and systems support is.— Mandy Wiener, EWN reporter
Wiener adds that there is an investigation into what else the criminals may have gotten away with. It is unbelievable that the elite unit has been broken into the way that it has, says Wiener.
She also explains that there is no sign of forced entry, suggesting that it is likely the break-in was an inside job.
In March the offices of the Chief Justice were also broken into and computers stolen. By coincidence the accused in the robbery at the Chief Justice's offices are appearing in court on Wednesday, adds Wiener.
There are parallels being drawn between the two incidents. This keeps happening at government departments, particularly government departments that shouldn't be compromised in this way.— Mandy Wiener, EWN reporter
Wiener tells Grootes that the robbery at the Hawks raises serious security questions about how these buildings are secured.
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