R2m stolen from banker at Sandton hotel

2012-07-03 17:46

Johannesburg - A robbery has been reported at the Holiday Inn in Sandton, Johannesburg, a hotel employee said on Tuesday.

Marketing director Darryl Erasmus said a guest opened a case of theft after claiming a substantial amount of cash was taken from his room.

"We regret that such an incident has allegedly taken place and [we] are co-operating with the SA Police Service who are currently investigating the matter," the hotel's management said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the affected guest is being treated fairly and within his rights.

"The matter is now a criminal case and Holiday Inn Sandton is unable to comment further, or at least until the due process of the law has been undertaken."

Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini declined to comment.

"We will not comment on it. We do not comment on court cases."

Earlier, Eyewitness News reported that a porter at the hotel appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the crime after he was found in possession of €5 000.

The guest, a prominent Jordanian banker, claimed that over R2m (€180 000) in cash was stolen.

  • al.chemist.7106 - 2012-07-03 17:56

    A prominent banker, staying at the Holiday Inn, of all places? Seriously?

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-03 18:09

      AND carrying more than two million in cash? Doesn't sound supicious in the least!

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-07-03 18:19

      we are in a reccesion and the bankers have not stolen enough from us to be able stay in nice places .

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 18:24

      Apparently a banker who doesn't believe in banks

      lownabester - 2012-07-03 19:03

      Who carries so much money in cash with them, Fishy business.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-04 00:06

      Set up for a diamond buying transaction. However the supplier advised his buddies about the man with cash and boom went the deal.

      FirstSeed - 2012-07-04 12:37

      Money laundering

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-05 08:23

      @Jordanian banker...Welcome to South Africa..At least you are still alive..That's one good thing..

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-07-03 17:56

    Why the hell would you have R2 million in CASH in your hotel. Stupid person...

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-03 18:00

      Well Sandton IS an upmarket area......! Girls cost money.

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 18:28

      most hotel rooms have safes in them

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-03 19:01

      @ Sharon: If you are a frequent traveller you will know that any hotel worker worth half his salt can crack those crappy electronic safes in a heartbeat. (Remember, the safes are supplied by the cheapest contractor). Rather leave your valuables in the hotel's safe. :-)

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-05 08:23

      @Jordanian banker...Welcome to South Africa..At least you are still alive..That's one good thing..

      William - 2012-07-05 11:16

      Mark - 2012-07-05 12:01

      ..and leave it unattended so the porter could swipe it. D00s!

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-03 18:00

    Blame it on the minister of tourism for not informing him that you don't need that type of cash for tips.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-07-03 18:01

    If this true, shame poor guy. In a city where virtually nothing is sacred and foreigners are especially targeted from the moment they enter the terminal at the airport, how on earth did he manage to leave 180000 euros unattended? The naivety and ignorance is stunning.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-03 18:10

      Yes. One almost wished the porter " got away with it. "

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 18:11

      he is jordanian

      craig.j.edmondson - 2012-07-03 18:32

      Yip, he's about as stupid as your comments, provided they both true ..........

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-03 18:03

    I know SA is pricey now - but R2m is a little more than shopping money. If you had that type of cash you certainly wouldnt be slumming it in the Holiday Inn.

      phumi.ntlabati - 2012-07-03 18:19

      Good riddence at least one sex worker is off the street!

  • alwadi1 - 2012-07-03 18:07

    sounds like this 'jordanian' is pulling a scam!!! a man has 2 miilion + 1kg in gold and he stays at the holiday inn!!! and the workers knew what was in his safe!!!!

      Sean - 2012-07-03 21:27

      I have to agree, sounds like an insurance claim scam!!!

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-07-04 12:33

      It's the gold that intrigues me. Last I knew, we had laws regulating the "casual" trade of precious metals. Like, you have to be a registered dealer, and if caught with & intending to trade is punishable by law?

  • diran.pillay - 2012-07-03 18:12

    A criminal banker

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 18:29

      wonder how much the cops pocketed from the porter

      Rodney - 2012-07-03 21:00

      One wonders how he managed to bring that amount through customs without declaring it, add to that the fact he stayed at a Holiday Inn and didn't bother to ask for the money to be kept in the safe, or the case to be kept secure and you have to conclude this is a dodgy claim or gross stupidity on his part.

      richard.gouws.9 - 2012-07-04 06:59

      @Sharon.............It will not belong before the news reads "Suspects found but the police only managed to recover a 1000 Euro's"

      Linda - 2012-07-04 08:34

      Is there any other kind?

  • mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-03 18:15

    There's no prominence here, this man is a scammer

      Hadebe - 2012-07-03 19:50

      The topic should read- a prominent scammer hit our shores.

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-04 06:21

      Or, anc connected person got drunk and lost his bribe money / kickback goes missing, minister very upset / malema house fund have temp setback / bmw sales take a knock for a week O

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-03 18:18

    A Moplaint has been laid by the police who will open a case when sufficient evidence is gained and a suspect charged a court case will be planned. Hotel Management what court case are you talking about that you cant comment are you implicated is there a chance that you are a suspect. You better stick to making beds get a lawyer to tell the public whats going on at your hotel. Is it safe to go there What are you hiding.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-03 18:20

    The whole thing sounds dodgy! If you have 2mil,why on earth stay at the Holiday Inn? How did the thief know exactly which bag contained the "prize"? All VERY suspect. Good excuse for not coming up with the goods you owed though!

  • hendrik.vdberg - 2012-07-03 18:21

    Why that kind of cash? And was it declared at the point of entry?

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 18:31

      if it was decleared at point of entry he would not have made it to the hotel

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 19:16

      It was declared at the point of entry, they looked at his Incoming Form, saw where he was staying and the rest, my dear Watson, is elementary

      Rational100 - 2012-07-03 19:51

      Had it been declared at OR Tambo, I bet u the man would never have reached Giloollys interchange !

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-07-03 18:26

    Nice way to launder money... bring it into the country using a banker guy (innocent victim?), then set him up in the worst facilities and arrange for the money to be moved in a "theft".

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-03 18:40

    Inside job and I wish the cops luck in finding the bad guys

  • kgothatso.freddy.9 - 2012-07-03 18:44

    He's lying through his teeth..scumbag!!a responsible banker wld nt leave R2m laying arnd in a hotel

  • Jim Connolly - 2012-07-03 18:44

    Who, other than a money launderer carries that amount of cash....

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 19:59

      the guys that pay the anc cadres their kickbacks

  • gski700902 - 2012-07-03 18:52

    So much for the limit on cash you're allowed to bring into the country. And yeah - the Holiday Inn? Seriously?

  • Erna - 2012-07-03 18:58

    Which reasonably intelligent person leaves that amount of money lying in a hotel room?

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-03 18:59

    Give that thief a bells! After all if I saw 180000 euros laying around not attended to I probably would take it as well. Seriously the banker needs a swift klap over the head, what an idiot....

  • edandchris - 2012-07-03 19:10

    Since when are you allowed to enter a country with so much cash any way?

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-07-03 19:32

    If it was his money that was stolen, I doubt he really needs it (being a banker and all). I call that serendipitous redistribution. If that wasn't his money that was stolen he should be using the word "banker" more carefully when he states his profession to the media/police. Talk about a misnomer. In either case, he is clearly an idiot. Sadly, I doubt he will really miss it, plenty more where that came from if you are a Jordanian banker.

  • geey.teey - 2012-07-03 19:40

    It was an inside job!!

  • Rational100 - 2012-07-03 19:46

    There is no credible evidence in the story that this man banked anything....why is he called a banker?

      dianne.neyt - 2012-07-04 10:45

      Sperm banking ?

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-07-03 19:49

    Damn so much money! I would take it to if i saw it. I guess u probably wanted to buy holiday inn. How was it stolen, can u explain. We are not stupid, you are a stupid baker, not banker. You baked it, and lost it. Tough world neh.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-07-03 20:11

    And why are you carrying so much cash??????

  • Rational100 - 2012-07-03 20:12

    This is good for RDP.....repossession and distribution programme.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-07-03 20:12

    next governor of the reserve bank, under malema's regime

  • Adil Smit - 2012-07-03 20:26

    Why carry so much cash?

  • msibi.zenzele - 2012-07-03 20:33

    R2 Millions And Make The Bookings At Holiday Inn? Sound Very Suspicious.

  • braamc - 2012-07-03 20:37

    It is stolen money anyhow, now it on the black market

  • alisha.abad.7 - 2012-07-03 21:16

    If the man in the street has that amount of cash in hand, FIKA kicks in and you have to answer millions of questions. Let's not mention SARS.

  • zinhle.s.gumede - 2012-07-04 08:26

    a banker banking in a safe!!!! and such a big amount!!!!! serves him ryt. Bezohalisa abantu beylambele.

  • mark.baker.1253236 - 2012-07-04 08:45

    Nice to see a banker getting robbed for a change. Hope he worked for Barklays!

  • lemohang - 2012-07-04 08:58

    Did the police charge the banker . last I checked you not allowed holding more than 35k in cash unless it's a cash business . People should not come to SA and do what they like and expect us to treat south africans like crooks when things go wrong

  • ntuthuko.msane.5 - 2012-07-04 09:36

    Ya, thank you stealer you saved us on rouge deal.... Now the corrupt officials would not have their rides pimped..

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-07-04 10:11

    He was most proberly there to pay off a politician for a deal that was given to him

  • Stille - 2012-07-04 10:22

    The head of security is on the run with the money. Furthermore, they left more than 1kg of gold behind as well. Stupid idiots.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-04 10:41

    What a crock! Why was he carrying so much cash? IDB, drug money, bribery ??????? Fishy, fishy! Apparently he is a cheapskate though - The Holiday Inn, I ask you with tears in my navy blue eyes.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-04 12:05

    For some people it is not a lot of money, another prominent Soutf African recently had his millions returned after moving the money from 1 place to another in Europe.

  • tnotiki - 2012-07-04 12:35

    Serves him right that amount in a safe what about money laundering?

  • Preshen - 2012-07-04 13:44

    why is a person who works is finical section called Broker?

  • jus.manning - 2012-07-04 14:16

    Who walks around with that sort of cash? Sounds a little shady to me...

  • vuledzani.vule.5 - 2012-07-04 14:22

    What was he doing with such a lot of money,something fishy,they need to be questioned i think he has lot explanation to do.

  • mapepaki - 2012-07-04 15:02

    envisage R2m impossible to carry out of the building, or into it for that matter, hope it wasn't all in coinage. Sorry don't believe this one

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-07-04 15:44

    UMMMMM is this not the second time this has happened?? There was also a break-in the rooms with the FIFA 2010.. Also soccer players stuff got stolen from the rooms?

  • sakie.nengwenani - 2012-07-04 16:00

    Theft is theft whether you try to glorify it.We do not need this stupid publicity.Less said the better , maybe the gentleman was here to seal a deal that could provide much needed employment ; who knows????

  • nkosinathi.nhlangulela - 2012-07-04 16:36

    I stole the money, so what? I'll give the poor anyway. The president does it everyday.

  • justin.holland.50596 - 2012-07-05 05:25

    Should have put the banker on the street too......

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-05 06:53

    The guest should be locked up and investigated. Something seriously fishy about someone with R 2 million cash on him. Pity the porter was caught, and the big fish criminal is free.

  • Tobie - 2012-07-05 07:14

    How did he enter the country with such a huge amount without being detected by customs?

  • William - 2012-07-05 07:34

    what a dipstick!!!