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SACP condemns the burglary that occurred at the Office of the Chief Justice, calls for decisive action to bring crime at high security areas, and broadly in society, down and eventually to an end!

he SACP is deeply concerned about, and condemns in the strongest terms possible, the burglary that took place at the human resources and facilities unit of the Office of the Chief Justice of the Republic in the early hours of Saturday 18 March. The Office was robbed of 15 computers containing important information about judges and officials, according to a statement made by the Spokesperson of the Judiciary of the Republic, Nathi Mncube. The SACP calls on law enforcement authorities to hunt down the perpetrators of the crime, recover the stolen computers, the information they contain and bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.  

It is now the time to face vexing questions about our national security: 

On 7 March there was a heist at the OR Tambo International Airport, in which, reportedly about R200-million in foreign currency was stolen. It has not yet been explained who the money belonged to, why it had to be transported in the manner that it was transported and whether this was lawful. On 26 December 2015, R17-million in foreign currency was reportedly stolen at the head office of the State Security Agency. On 13 November 2015, R1 ammunition was stolen from the tactical response team's armoury at the Pretoria Central Police Station. There were reportedly delays in starting an internal investigation and opening a case on this theft; no arrest was made and no internal disciplinary case was instituted for a very long time since then.     

The common thread in all of these crimes, making them related, is that they have taken place in high security areas, including national key points. To what extent could these crimes be further related? Could these crimes be the work of rogue intelligence elements or syndicates to project South Africa as a banana republic, or pursuing sectarian agendas? We are asking this question, because, as the SACP, we have raised our concerns about invasive surveillance on our Party and leaders.  

These crimes have exposed the existence of a serious problem, if not a breakdown, in our national security and policing. They have taken place not only in high security areas, but also inside of the organs of state tasked with the responsibility to ensure national security, combat crime, enforce the law, and the judiciary. Drastic measures are required to stop this and turnaround national security and law enforcement institutions and make them function effectively. 

Rich people have resorted to private armies in the form of private security and intelligence to protect themselves as the levels of confidence in state security and police are waning - despite the fact that there are still hardworking police.  

What all of these things mean, is that ordinary people, the majority of who are the workers and poor, are as good as having no safety and security at all. It is important to emphasise this, given that there are many of our communities that are ravaged by drug dealers and human traffickers. The future of young men is destroyed by the drugs. That of young women is destroyed by both the drugs and human trafficking, in which they are converted into prostitutes. Families and communities are socially torn apart as a result of these persisting crimes.  And the state machinery established to combat these crimes appears incapable of bringing them to an end.