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Hawks acting National Head condemns Pretoria office burglary

JOHANNESBURG, July 5  – The acting National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata, on Wednesday condemned the burglary that occurred at the specialised unit’s headquarters in Pretoria.

Earlier, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that thieves had broken down locked doors and stole computers containing the supply chain, human resources and finance documents.

Matakata condemned the incident and assured that a crack team would oversee the investigation.

“Intensive investigations are underway following the break-in at certain offices of the Hawks’ Head Office buildings in Silverton, Pretoria,” Mulaudzi said.

“Investigators are currently working on the scene and more information will be communicated in due course.”

Mulaudzi added that no case dockets had gone missing.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesman, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, on Wednesday confirmed that the specialised unit’s headquarters in Pretoria had been burgled.

Mulaudzi said thieves broke down locked doors to gain entry to the premises. The break-in was discovered on Wednesday morning.

While no case dockets were stolen, Mulaudzi said computers containing the supply chain, human resources and finance documents of Hawks officers were stolen .

The stolen information was backed up, but he said it was “critical” they retrieved the stolen information as it contained the identities and financial information of Hawks investigators.

“It’s wrong, it’s unacceptable. We do not know what these people will do with the information,” said Mulaudzi.

The details of the break-in would be made available after a full assessment of the premises was done by the South African Police Service.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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