The Department of Justice’s IT system in South Africa suffers a security breach that has encrypted its entire network. The breach was effected through ransomware on the evening of 6 September 2021.

This has led to all information systems being encrypted and unavailable to both internal employees as well as members of the public.

As a result, all electronic services provided by the Department are affected, including, issuing of letters of authority, bail services, email, and the departmental website. The Department would want to assure all affected parties that our IT teams are working tirelessly to restore services as soon as is practically possible.

Steve Mahlangu, spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The department is still in the process of returning to regular operations but it is cannot say when the activity will become normal again.

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