Computers stolen from Hawks HQ


Thieves broke into the headquarters of South Africa’s elite Hawks police unit in Pretoria early on Wednesday, 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 national criminal priorities such as serious organised and commercial crimes and serious corruption.
“No dockets were stolen,” spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told Reuters, adding 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 a forensics team was 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.