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 Pretoria. Last Saturday unknown people broke into the Chief Justice’s office in Johannesburg and stole 15 computers with sensitive information. 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 crime.” “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 added.

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 stage.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.

Source: Xinhua/