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SBV security in court for theft of R500k

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba

Lehlohonolo Rankuoatsana appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 6 November 2023 for alleged theft of R 570 000 which he was supposed to load at different ATMs in Bloemfontein.

A 39-year-old SBV Services security officer was appearing for the second time after his arrest on 30 November 2023.

The Hawks managed to gather evidence against the suspect and bringing the docket before court.

On 30 November, a warrant for his arrested was executed.

Rankuoatsana was released and warned to be back in the same court on 15 January 2024 for Regional Court date.

His arrest comes after several banks, who are clients of SBV, reported that their cash machines were running short of money under mysterious circumstances.

An internal investigation ensued which led to the involvement of the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation.

“It is alleged that during the period between 26 June 2022 and 15 July 2022, Rankuoatsana was responsible for dispensing money to different ATMs on behalf of SBV.

“Days later, he reported off-sick from work. It was during his absence that cash shortages were identified,” said Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zweli Mohobeleli,

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