SA hacker accused in court
27 September 2013, 11:43
Cape Town - A woman accused of hacking the internet
system of Parliament's operations officer appeared in the Specialised
Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday.
Cleopatra Mosana was not asked to plead to 33 alleged
violations of legislation involving the protection of internet-related
Prosecutor Juan Agulhas told the court her lawyer, Greg
Duncan, was in the process of making representations to his office for the
withdrawal of the charges.
The matter was postponed to 15 November.
Duncan asked that Mosana be excused from attending the
November proceedings, as she now lived in Centurion.
The magistrate said a warrant for her arrest would be
authorised in the normal manner if she failed to attend.
It would, however, only be executed if she again failed
to attend the next hearing after the November one.
According to the charge sheet, Mosana allegedly hacked
Tango Lamani's internet system between April and June 2011.
The charge sheet said Lamani had highly confidential and
sensitive information, as well as personal information, stored on his
The charge sheet said "hacking" was a term used
by computer literates, and meant to gain access via the internet, into another
system, without the authority or permission of the owner of the other system.
According to the charge sheet, Parliament's IT department
informed Lamani that his system had been hacked.
The charge sheet said Mosana was at that stage in the employ
of home affairs in Cape Town, where one of the "infringing" computers