The Chief Justice burglary investigation and why it does not add up

Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Karima Brown expose gaping holes in the story that is setting off investigative journalism alarm bell

The man arrested in connection with the burglary at the Office of the Chief Justice is expected back in the Randburg Magistrate’s court on Friday for a bail hearing to proceed.

Nkosinathi Msimango handed himself over to police on Friday after Acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane named him as suspect holding crucial information to the case.

Msimango has however told the court that he knows nothing about the crime.

He claims he was taken out of custody by police on Friday and assaulted.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Karima Brown speak to Eusebius McKaiser about some of the discrepancies in the case after three other suspects were arrested and charged for unrelated crimes.

That's been one of the most fascinating aspects of this whole saga is how quickly police managed to track down suspects. If you look at some of the other high profile cases that have played out in the last couple of years, like Senzo Meyiwa, no breakthroughs , yet this time quite bizarrely police managed to find suspects in a couple of days.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, News 24 Journalist

The manner in which police presented these suspects was also quite strange.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, News 24 Journalist

From the get go there was speculation about what this break in was about. So we thought a good starting point would be to look at the histories of these individuals police said are linked to this. And if you start looking at their histories, there are a lot of gaping holes.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, News 24 Journalist

A couple of guys list their employers, for instance, a building company one of the individuals said they worked at, we phoned these companies and they tell you they have never heard of them.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, News 24 Journalist

You have the acting national police commissioner saying quite candidly on national television and on radio saying that he had a political imperative to act, now that makes alarm bells go off.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

Take a listen to the full interview and how journalists have had to tread carefully with some of the speculation created around the story...


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