Investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh says it has been a bizarre day as his house was burgled, trade unionist Patrick Craven’s home was also burgled and author and journalist Jacques Pauw’s home was raided by the Hawks.
The outside gate was broken, the front door and security gate too. A couple of things have gone missing from the house; television and a personal laptop and some electronics have been taken.— Investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh
At the same time, Pauw, author of The President's Keepers, confirmed that three members of the Hawks raided his home in Riebeek-Kasteel.
He said they were searching for secret documents.
Responding to Craven’s house being broken into, Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary general at South African Federation of Trade Unions, said he believes the break-in was staged.
Our suspicion is that there is state involvement here.— Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary general at South African Federation of Trade Unions
Crooks probably state security agents for the third time now in recent years, have stolen @PatrickCraven1 laptops! They pretended to be from SARS and knew that SARS owns him some money! They pretended to be doing lifestyle audit. Two laptops & cell gone https://t.co/sxjuIjYL1f— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) February 28, 2018
The South African National Editors' Forum’s Sam Mkokeli responded with shock to the news of burglaries.
What’s happened here today is shocking. It has been a big problem, we must not be naïve that just because there is a change in political leadership there is a change. The corruption is deep.— Sam Mkokeli, Sanef spokesperson