The Hawks say they can't rule out the possibility of an inside job, following a break-in at their headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
#Hawks Sources say looks like 'burglary' was an inside job not a break in and offices were opened and computers taken.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 5, 2017
Officials says they're assessing the damage and it appears that no dockets were stolen in the burglary.
The elite unit confirmed that computers are amongst the items taken in the brazen burglary, reports EWN's Mandy Wiener.
The Hawks are saying the break-in seems to have been isolated to its supports service area.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter
They're saying it doesn't look like any dockets were taken or any investigations compromised.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter
The burglary was concentrated in the support environment where the HR, Finance and Supply Chain departments are located.
The personal information of Hawks officials has also been compromised, Wiener reports.
Some sources suspect that the burglary was an inside job as there are no signs of forced entry and access cards are required to enter the area concerned.
Hawks officials are saying that they can't rule out an inside job at this point.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter
You need an access card to get into this particular area.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter
Several alarm bells have been raised about security at the elite unit's headquarters.
#Hawks 'Burglary' comes against backdrop of tussle for control of the unit between ex-head Berning Ntlameza and Police Minister.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 5, 2017
A team has been assembled to investigate.
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