Thieves broke into the headquarters of the Hawks police unit in Pretoria this morning, making off with hard drives and other computer equipment, the unit’s spokesman said.
The Hawks – full name the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation – is responsible for investigating criminal priorities such as serious organised and commercial crimes and serious corruption.
“No dockets (case files) were stolen,” Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told Reuters, adding that the unit’s human resources, finance and supply chain departments were burgled.
Mulaudzi said it was too early to tell who the thieves were and that a forensics team was at the Hawks’ offices carrying out investigations.
In March, burglars stole 15 computers containing information on South Africa’s judges and court officials from the administrative offices of the Chief Justice.