Daring thieves have broken into an office belonging to elite crime busters – the Hawks – and made off with more than 541 kg of cocaine worth millions of rand.
The Hawks are South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation which targets organised crime, economic crime, corruption, and other serious crime.
“A case of business burglary has been registered for further investigation following a break-in at the Hawks Serious Organised Crime offices in Port Shepstone,” said Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo.
“The suspects stole 541 kg cocaine drugs to the street value of R200 000 000 and ransacked the office, where safes were kept.”
The theft occurred between Friday 5 November and Monday.
“The suspects gained entry into the building by forcing open the windows. One of the safes in the office, which were used to store exhibits, was tampered with,” said the brigadier.
The National Head of the DPCI, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has appointed the Deputy National Head, Lt Gen Tebello Constance Mosikili to conduct an Inquiry into the circumstances of the theft.
In addition, the Detective and Forensic Service has been requested to investigate the matter.
“No suspects have been arrested in the matter,” said Brigadier Mbambo.