CAPE TOWN South
Africa (Xinhua) -- The ruling African
National Congress (ANC) on Saturday voiced outrage at a burglary
at the Office of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, saying the
break-in highlights the seriousness of crime in the country.
The ANC has learnt with shock of the burglary in Midrand near
Johannesburg in the early hours of Saturday morning, ANC
national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
"This dastardly criminal act, targeting the office of the
highest judicial officer in our country, should leave all South
Africans outraged and our law enforcement officers determined to
speedily find and bring to book its perpetrators," said Kodwa.
The ANC, he said, has always held the view that one criminal
act, regardless of against whom it is perpetrated, is one too
"Targeting the Office of the Chief Justice however is a
direct assault on the sanctity of the institutions we, as South
Africans, hold dear as propping up our Constitutional order,"
All people in South Africa are entitled to live in safety and
free from crime and they also want a strong, robust criminal
justice system in which they have the fullest confidence in, he
"The cowardly act of breaking into the Offie of the Chief
Justice is an affront on these aspirations and an attack on the
very fibre of our democracy," Kodwa said in a statement emailed
The ANC therefore calls on law enforcement agencies to use
all resources at their disposal to ensure that these criminals
are dealt with to the full extent of the law, Kodwa said.
The ANC further calls on the Office of the Chief Justice to
ensure that all its remaining information is secured and
mitigate against any efforts to undermine or compromise the
dispensing of justice as a result of the break in, the
"What is required is for a collaborative effort across our
law enforcement agencies, sparing no effort and with the full
support and confidence of our people, to make those responsible
to account," he said.
South Africa, which has one of the highest crime rates in the
world, reported 807,000 housebreaking and home robberies in
2015/16, according to Statistics South Africa.
South African police
arrest Tthree for breaking into Chief Justice’s office
PRETORIA South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African police said Wednesday that they
had arrested three suspects for breaking into the office of the
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogeong.
This was revealed by the Acting National Police Commissioner
Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane briefing the media in
Last Saturday unknown people broke into the Chief Justice’s
office in Johannesburg and stole 15 computers with sensitive
Phahlane said, "The multi-disciplinary team has been hard at
work and their efforts culminated in the arrest three men in
Mamelodi over the past few days.
"The team followed leads and information which resulted in
operations being conducted on identified addresses in Mamelodi
in search of the stolen equipment and the perpetrators of this
"During the search of identified premises, three men were
arrested linked to the break-in at the offices of the Chief
Justice to enable further investigation into the matter," he
The stolen computers have not yet been recovered.
Phahlane said the motive of the break in is unknown.
The arrested suspects are not employees of the Justice
Department but just criminals.
The police are treating the break in into the Chief Justice’s
office with seriousness, and the police are also concerned with
the security breach at the Chief Justice’s office that why they
have sanctioned a security assessment, he said.
Phahlane said, "Various items including unlicensed firearms
and fake identity documents were seized during the operations.
"These items are considered evidential material which will be
presented in court.
"We are also pleased to report that a vehicle which was
possibly used as a getaway car during the commission of the
crime has also been seized by our members."
The police chief declined to give more information about the
CCTV footage saying it’s not for public consumption at this
Phahlane called on South Africans to come up with information
which could assist in the arresting the suspects.
He cautioned the people against making baseless statements.
This comes after the opposition political party, Democratic
Alliance Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen said the state security is
responsible for the break in into the Chief Justice’s office.
Government deeply regrets
undue anxiety over grant distribution: Zuma
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government deeply
regrets the undue anxiety that resulted from the uncertainty
over grant distribution, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.
"We apologize to South Africans unreservedly," Zuma said in a
He was speaking after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt)
ruled on Friday that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) can continue
paying social grants to millions of eligible beneficiaries for
another 12 months, settling a dispute that had rattled the
Zuma said the Court has given clear directives on the
extension of the grants distribution and the parameters within
which the government must operate in this regard.
"I want to assure all grant beneficiaries that government
will implement the directive of the Constitutional Court and
uphold the Constitutional rights of the poor and vulnerable in
our society," he said.
Under the ConCourt ruling, CPS and the South African Social
Security Agency (SASSA) must continue paying social grants until
another entity which can do so is found.
The ruling put to rest speculations that no grants would be
paid to about 17 million pensioners next month due to the
government’s failure to set up the legal mechanism to distribute
A contract between the SASSA and CPS for the grant
distribution had been declared illegal by the ConCourt years
But in Friday’s ruling, the Court said the declaration of the
invalidity of the previous contract between the SASSA and CPS
would be suspended for 12 months.
The terms and conditions in the previous contract would
continue to apply, according to the ruling.
The CPS had asked the Court to allow it to enter into a new
and "lawful" contract with the SASSA after the existing contract
expires on March 31.
Early this month, the Court reserved judgment in the SASSA
and CPS saga, fueling anxiety over the grant payment.
The Court then failed to get an answer from the CPS about how
much it would charge for distributing social grants if it
concludes a new contract with the SASSA.
If CPS wanted to change how much it got paid, it could
approach National Treasury, according to the new ruling.
Social security is one of the socio-economic rights that are
mentioned specifically in South Africa’s Constitution.
"It is for this reason that we have worked so hard since 1994
to ensure that we bring millions of our poor and vulnerable
citizens into the social security net," Zuma said.
The social assistance system plays its role in alleviating
poverty and providing support to orphans and vulnerable
children, military veterans, older persons and persons with
South Africans will draw lessons from social grant saga