The Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, has ordered a thorough investigation into the break-in.

“The South African Police Service deems the break-in at the offices of the Chief Justice as an attack on the Judicial System and views this in a serious light.

We condemn in the strongest terms this unfortunate incident; we have assembled a team of detectives to process the investigation. The team is working around the clock with a view to bring the perpetrators of this crime to book,” Lt Gen. Phahlane said.

He added that he would order an assessment for purposes of advising on the enhancement of security at the offices.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said targeting the office of the highest judicial officer should leave all South Africans outraged and law enforcement officers determined to speedily bring to book its perpetrators.

“Targeting the Office of the Chief Justice however is a direct assault on the sanctity of the institutions we, as South Africans, hold dear as propping up our Constitutional order. All people in South Africa are entitled to live in safety and free from crime,” ANC said in a statement.

ANC also called on law enforcement agencies to ensure that the criminals were dealt with.

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