How to investigate the NPA robbery

International law enforcement expert Lobo Das Neves, who trained at the FBI, talks to 702's Bongani Bingwa.

Commenting on Sunday night's break-in at the National Director of Public Prosecution's offices in Pretoria, he says two things should be in place in an organisation such as the NPA.

  1. All date security online needs to be maintained.

  2. All devices that contain sensitive information should be password protected and should include fingerprint and iris scan components.

This burglary follows a spate of others also at law enforcement buildings in recent times.

One would assume access to these spaces is strict.

Lobo Das Neves, International law enforcement expert

How would the investigation proceed?

Incidents like this would require a two-tiered approach, he explains.

Firstly, an internal investigation should be carried out "to determine whether the computers and data were lifted by a staff member."

Secondly, an investigation to determine whether an external party could have gained access to the premises.

It is an embarrassment that leaders of law enforcement in this country have laid themselves open to offences like this in their own house.

Lobo Das Neves, International law enforcement expert

He says the seriousness of the theft depends on what is on those computers.

He says maintaining confidence with your confidential informants and witnesses is absolutely crucial or their lives could be at risk. Vigilance of this kind of sensitive information is essential.

He adds that it is important to find out if various robberies at law enforcement offices recently are linked or merely a coincidence.

Take a listen to Lobo Das Neves below to hear more about what is required in an investigation such as this one:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
AfriForum says it prosecuting Duduzane Zuma to ensure equality before the law

AfriForum says it prosecuting Duduzane Zuma to ensure equality before the law

Although an inquest found Zuma’s negligent conduct led to the crash, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to not prosecute.

Adriaan Basson: This is a President desperate to show he is still in control

Adriaan Basson: This is a President desperate to show he is still in control

Tuesday proved to be an eventful day in South Africa with a cabinet reshuffle and SABC board appointment by President Zuma.

'SACP will not leave Cabinet because of one man'

'SACP will not leave Cabinet because of one man'

SACP's Alex Mashilo says members of the SACP cannot walk out of Zuma's Cabinet, as it would be a disservice to the country.

Somalian government pins blast on Al-Shabaab - Simon Allison

Somalian government pins blast on Al-Shabaab - Simon Allison

The numbers killed in twin bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu over the weekend has risen to more than 300.

Sadag call centre sees slight volume increase following Wits suicide

Sadag call centre sees slight volume increase following Wits suicide

The depression group ops director Cassey Chambers says the stigma that reaching out for help is a sign of weakness must change.

Sassa says its cards will continue working past expiry date

Sassa says its cards will continue working past expiry date

Paseka Letsatsi from Sassa urges beneficiaries not to panic as their cards will continue working post 31 December 2017.

Popular articles
Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adams about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

McKaiser responds to former SA, now England cricketer Pietersen's comments over Maritzburg College pupils holding EFF t-shirts.

Twitter is gobsmacked as Nigeria honours Jacob Zuma with bronze statue and road

Twitter is gobsmacked as Nigeria honours Jacob Zuma with bronze statue and road

During Zuma's visit to Nigeria, the Governor of the Imo State in Nigeria, Mr Owelle Okorocha, conferred an Imo Merit Award on him.

Minister Lynne Brown's partner scored R1.2 million contracts with Eskom

Minister Lynne Brown's partner scored R1.2 million contracts with Eskom

Sikonathi Mantshantsha says this revelation explains why Brown was reluctant to take any action against Eskom executives.

KZN school ordered to stop action against students with EFF shirts

KZN school ordered to stop action against students with EFF shirts

A letter has been addressed to the Maritzburg College principal after an image of the boys went viral last week.

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.