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Thieves take computers from South Africa's elite police unit
July 5, 2017 / 11:45 AM / 3 months ago

Thieves take computers from South Africa's elite police unit

Cityscape of Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, a venue of the 2010 World Cup, February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Euroluftbild.de

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Thieves broke into the headquarters of South Africa’s elite ‘Hawks’ police unit in the capital 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 organized 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.

Reporting by TJ Strydom; Editing by James Macharia; Editing by Toby Chopra

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