The Office of the Chief Justice admitted that there’s been another security breach at its Midrand premises. Cyber Criminals struck the office at the end of September. Memme Sejosengwe, Secretary General for the Chief Justice, was reluctant to provide details to Parliament’s Justice Portfolio Committee in fear of jeopardising the investigations.
A number of computers containing personal information on judges was stolen in 2017. A suspect was arrested but the case was later closed as “undetected”. Sejosengwe confirmed that the latest breach was being investigated: “And therefore we need to give the investigation the time to ensure they come to the root cause. I seek the committee’s indulgence so that we do not discuss this matter further so we do not compromise the law enforcement agencies’ investigations and also expose the system more to the vulnerability and risks, given what has happened.”
The Secretary General says the office is upgrading its ICT infrastructure and she has committed to report back to parliament’s justice committee once the investigation is concluded.