Thieves broke into the headquarters of South Africa’s elite ‘Hawks’ police unit in the capital Pretoria early on Wednesday, stealing 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.
In a statement following the incident, The Hawks said: “Intensive investigations are underway following the break-in at certain offices of the Hawks’ Head Office buildings in Silverton, Pretoria.
“Investigators are currently working on the scene and more information will be communicated in due course.
“The Hawks would like to confirm that so far only computers at Finance, Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management offices were stolen. No docket has gone missing.
“The Acting National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has condemned the unfortunate incident and assured all in sundry that a crack team will foresee the investigation in this regard.
“More information on the incident will be communicated in due course.”