South Africa’s National Defence Force (SANDF) suffered a security breach when 50 computers were stolen from defence intelligence headquarters, according to the City Press.
The newspaper reports several SANDF employees linked to the theft scandal were taken in for questioning, while others were subjected to lie detectors.
Defence department spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini confirmed the computers had been stolen, but did not divulge details, due to an “intensive” investigation led by the defence intelligence (DI) and military police, reports the newspaper.
An undisclosed number of new laptop computers were stolen from the DI’s headquarters in the Liberty Life Building in Madiba Street, Pretoria, Dlamini told the paper.
However, it is understood at least 50 computers were stolen in batches.
According to Dlamini, the computers had no sensitive information on them.
The devices are said to have disappeared just after they were delivered – before they could even be recorded on the department’s inventory, reports the City Press.
“Therefore, it is unclear who took responsibility for them,” said Dlamini.
The theft happened on the same Christmas weekend as R17 million worth of foreign currency was taken from the State Security Agency (SSA).