R500 000 stolen from army base

2012-08-09 10:18

Johannesburg - More than half-a-million rand has been stolen from two safes at a military base in Potchefstroom, Beeld reported on Thursday.

The thieves apparently got through the fence of the army's general support base on Monday night, broke into the pay office through the ceiling, and cut open the two safes using angle-grinders.

The alarm system had been out of order for some time.

Several grinding discs which the thieves left behind indicated they struggled to get to the money.

The office of the military police, which should apparently be manned 24-hours a day, was 30 metres from the pay office, and looked out onto it.

The money was apparently intended for travel and other allowances

The military and South African police were investigating.

  • logical007 - 2012-08-09 10:22

    inside job???

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-09 10:27

      It was the Boeremag! Shocking... They can't even protect their own army base! What happens when we get attacked?

      rbphiri - 2012-08-09 10:42

      "The money was apparently intended for travel and other allowances"...well surely not in this case. And how come the guards didn't hear the noise from all the grinding??? Plus several grinding discs were left behind! surely through all the attempts of trying to break into the safe one of the guarding arses should've heard the noise. I guess with that large sum of money these thieves can now spoil their women nicely for women's day

      channing.froom - 2012-08-09 10:45

      what an embarrassment ......... our new south africa army cant even protect itself from a few thieves .... and they ment to look after south africa ???? what a joke !! and yes everyone, our tax money pays for these clowns !!! hahaha robbing a military base ........

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-09 10:49

      What is this - the script for a Leon Schuster movie? I don't know if I must weep or laugh. Having served in the army this disgusts me.

      rbphiri - 2012-08-09 11:02

      Our government is a failure our army is a failure...Welcome to the banana republic of SA. I bet Military officials will justify the robbery by saying: Uhmm Angie dumped our military manual books on how to prevent thieves from entering our military base and leaving with R500 000.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-09 11:04

      There was appearantly a complaint from one of the guards that he had a buzzing in his head and asked to be booked off sick.

      art5SA - 2012-08-09 11:18

      I wonder how the "GUARDS" on duty, not 30m from the offices did not hear the SQUEELING OF ANGLE GRINDERS.... it's not like they run on STEALTH MODE... Unless the "GUARDS" were IN ON IT? Will not surprise me nor any other tax payer!!!

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-09 13:30

      Please commentators it was not stolen dont jump to conclusion.Its a self help scheme!!! Dont you guys understand the self help scheme procedures??? Ask Malema and the Minister of finance they will give you all info how the self help scheme works on condition!!! Join the anc clan

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-09 20:08

      Thats why Tom Cruze will never film "Mission Impossible" in South Africa! Here everything is possible. Just immagine what other stuff might be missing. I suggest Department of Defence to increase security there becouse news fotographers might sneak inside for photos. Please deploy the "Red barrets" from Pretoria Military Hospital 1 to control the sitiation acordingly....hahaha. What a wonderful country we have.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-10 10:43

      COD: Modern warfare South Africa

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-10-01 11:25

      These guys should be promoted to be politicians. They only stole 500k. Much cheaper than the current list of thieves running the country.

  • george.ncebesha - 2012-08-09 10:24

    these is not a crisis soldiers know exactly who took it,no one will just decide to go to the base and still they stole it they must take it out or everybody there must be shown the door

      zip.reeper - 2012-08-09 10:54

      at least the army still had half a mill to pay its soldiers. how much longer will that last? ha ha.

      louisjven - 2012-08-09 11:41

      Inside job... and nobody hear the grinders!!!

      martin.mcleman - 2012-08-09 21:12

      I have no words ! No really ... None.... None at all.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-09 10:24

    Inside Job!!How do you keep R500 000 in a safe??and you tell me from 30m they didnt hear the sound of angle grinders?

      rbphiri - 2012-08-09 10:47

      Watch and see how military officials are going to say the guards posted are partially deaf.

      clive.schonken - 2012-08-09 11:03

      They could not hear it because they were busy working with it.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-09 11:06

      Just wait and see some guys will be buying new cell phones and cars.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-09 11:29

      Time to put the Boere back in the military, the shi# will stop within hours and we will have a functioning force, one to be proud of. They'll be back to biting the edges of their blankets to get the beds straight for inspection, in stead of having fitted sheets dished out.........and a lot of weight shedding.

      rbphiri - 2012-08-09 11:30

      Hmmm did you hear that!...sounds like an angle grinder grinding through a safe!...Yes I heard that...but there's nothing we can do about it, our government has made provision for thievery in the constitution...let's rather keep watching military wives while we pretend to guard the the why that's a nice angle grinder...wish my wife bought me one for father's day.

      victor.peachey.1 - 2012-08-09 12:26

      Probably thought it was the guys repairing a tank's rusty armour. Part time panel beater?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-10 09:38

      sheik - one correction - the army was not made up of Boere alone, in fact far from it.

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-08-09 10:25

    We are well on target for the TOTAL collapse.

      rbphiri - 2012-08-09 10:48

      The ruling party has already reduced us to our knees, now it's this cr@p

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-08-09 10:26

    If the military can't protect a base, how do they defend a country?

      carl.fourie.9 - 2012-08-09 10:34

      Just shows how alert they are and this is the type of dicipline our armed forces display. Absolutely pathetic...

      art5SA - 2012-08-09 11:16

      Me thinks the SANDF need PRIVATE SECURITY companies to guard the bases.... like EVERY POLICE STATION in SA! What a JOKE!

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-09 11:36

      What's left to protect? Even the tar is missing on most of our roads.

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-08-09 12:29

      For the same reason that private security firms protect police stations

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-09 16:27

      Daniel, They'll get private security companies to guard their bases like the SAPS does.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-09 10:30

    Whaaahahaha is all that one can say!

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-08-09 10:32

    Voetsek!!! This is an inside job

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-09 10:34

    inside job, alarm system not working, who is in charge of this base, he is either incompetent or involved

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-08-09 10:37


      bless.boswell - 2012-08-09 11:00

      Good point. Has to be the fault of apartheid. I mean, what else could it possibly be?? Ineptitude? NEVER...

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-09 11:08

      What else? Boeremag, believe it!!!!

      louwc - 2012-08-09 14:14

      It was Verwoerd!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-09 10:40

    What's our military budget for?

      rbphiri - 2012-08-09 11:33

      Retirement fund for criminals.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-09 13:35

      that was funds no longer needed in the budget so it was set aside for self help

  • arthur.marks.754 - 2012-08-09 10:41

    What a useless bunch of thieving, useless morons.

  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-08-09 10:43

    what a joke!

  • Morne Van Staden - 2012-08-09 10:48

    The money was intended for travel, and it has travelled. Whats the problem?

  • lebakeng.tjale - 2012-08-09 10:49

    That can be an inside job, where was the alarms and the guards. Someone need to be charged, DD1.

  • kabelo.moshime - 2012-08-09 10:52

    How interesting, I juss wanna know how they did it..people are real smart out there..\r\nDamn!!! Hahahaha

      bmtthwala - 2012-08-09 11:11

      i knw who stole it!.......staff sergent...............corvey opp unit

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-09 10:54

    And there goes the last shreds of confidence and respect that I had for our SANDF...

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-09 12:13

      You still had some??

  • ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-09 10:56

    I suspect the Boeremag, only they can pull this off, they know the ins and outs of the military, and Potch is their base!!!!!!!!!

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-09 11:05

      Dino, are you a member? Or a sympathiser?

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-08-09 11:19

      hey, eugene, what is this "boeremag" you are referring to? This is clearly an inside jobm how the hell do you burn up multiple steel grinder blade 30 M form the MP office without the MP's or permiter guards noticing anything. This is an inside job my friend, just another spinn off of the cANCer legacy, military bases that cant even protect their own pay offices, its not even a joke, it's pathetic...

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-09 11:33

      @Schalk, it's indeed an inside job, even a hobo can see it. I'm just trying to raise the Boeremag emotion man, and I have succeeded. Lol.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-09 12:14

      Boeremag hasn't been in charge for many years. MK is and it shows

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-09 10:59

    R500 000 on hand for incidentals - wow. I wonder how much other money is stashed away for "official use" ? All this while SAs people go hungry and homeless.

      Erna - 2012-08-09 11:46

      People usually call it petty cash!

  • Simphiwe - 2012-08-09 10:59

    Inside job, clearly.

  • christo.cilliers - 2012-08-09 11:01

    Pray. Lewd.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-09 11:03

    The apartheid regime stole it.

      gerhard.visser.7 - 2012-08-09 13:11

      Yes,it was Verwoerd he was the mastermind.

  • Sbu706 - 2012-08-09 11:04

    I'm scared , we are not safe , we are not safe at all,

      stephen.reeves.908 - 2012-08-10 09:18

      ha ha "Safe"

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-09 11:08

    I am glad to see that the people are stealing their money back from the ANC government.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-09 12:18

      Ah yes I think now I see how it works. The ANC taxes us, and the poor then steals that money & become rich. So my advise to the poor is, don't blame anyone else for being poor, learn to become better thieves, that's how things work in Mzanzi.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-08-09 11:09

    R 500 000 for "travel and other allowances". BS. There is no need for that amount of money to be available at any military base,

      Erna - 2012-08-09 11:44

      Not necessary but very conveniently left there to be fetched by friends.

  • cphilander - 2012-08-09 11:09

    Why do they keep that much money in one place (nogal @ the base). Inside job i agree!!!!!

  • oupa.tjale - 2012-08-09 11:11

    At Military Base,obvious some of the employee have organised this robbery.

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-08-09 11:12

    What happened to perimeter guards patrolling 24/7? Why were the MP's asleep 30 M away? Does anyone know the major noise an angle grinder (burning through multiple discs nogal) makes in the daed of night and how far that noise carries? Ja nee, lekker in the SANDF. Good to know our boys in uniform are up to the task of protecting us...

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-09 11:15

    They left a hole in the safe and now the police will look into it!

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-09 11:18

    This is chicken feed. The amount of stealing that goes on in the Army is much greater than that. The amount of firearms stolen is scary these people steal anything. My ancestors barely arrived on the beach 300years ago and the then Sandf started stealing their cattle.

      charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-08-09 11:47

      Boli man

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-09 11:24

    Unbelievable. We spend R99billion in secret accounts and these effing idiots cant even protect their safe. I reckon if three Malawi's arrived with a tin opener they could defeat out lazy incompetent forces and thats including police and metros!

  • lucas.moolman - 2012-08-09 11:27

    This is a perfect example of what this country has come to, the military used to protect the country in the past, now they cant even protect their own bases within SA borders

  • Annelene Johnstone - 2012-08-09 11:28

    Well inside job that's for sure. If people can rob them are we safe in this country? And who is that stupid to keep that amount of cash. I think they need to open bank account. Any people working at any banks PLZ help these people to open a bankaccount

  • tshepo.solomon.946 - 2012-08-09 11:33

    let's blame da hahaha anc goverment what a joke

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-08-09 11:35

    Nobody mentioned the race of these witnesses I am afraid :)

  • francois.leroux.779 - 2012-08-09 11:39

    Now you understand the urgency of the Secrecy Bill - they need to keep news like this out of the public domain for it makes them look like what they are - asses lol

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-08-09 18:23

      Smart asses though!

  • wekunetsavamwe - 2012-08-09 11:53

    Corruption at it's best level,

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-09 11:54

    if criminals can steal money from a military base...south africans need to understand that boeremag could achieve their sick dreams...this is pathetic,we entrust them to gaurd the nation and now this...

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-09 11:56

    im sharing this with all my international

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-09 12:09

    So the army has never heard of Banks or bank cards, and thinks that R500.000.00 has to be kept in a safe. Ha Ha serve them right.

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-08-09 12:10

    It is an inside job, shame soldiers are desperate in these hard financial times. The last time something like this happened was at Air Force Base Waterkloof. One of the perpetrators was white if you ever wondered.

      gerhard.visser.7 - 2012-08-09 13:06

      I doubt if its the case this time around!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-08-09 12:14

    Sounds like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-08-09 12:14

    Inside job indeed ... this i would call "they think they are above the law"

  • michael.gibson.3720190 - 2012-08-09 12:14

    R500,000.00 cash in the safe.. I'll bet the excuse for not getting the alarm system fixed sooner was 'no funds available'..

  • victor.peachey.1 - 2012-08-09 12:20

    How do you break into a Military Base? Thank hevens I did not have to seve in The SANDF. As soon as they raised "that flag" I left,our army was disciplned and a force to be reconed with, not a joke. Clowns with guns.

  • victor.peachey.1 - 2012-08-09 12:22

    why does a military base have R500,000 any way, was the Colnel planning a holiday or a party?

      Singatha - 2012-08-09 13:07

      Exactly my thoughts.For "Travel and allowance" they say???Surely the SADF would/should have a corporate account with a reputable travel agency.Something smells rotten here.

      Singatha - 2012-08-09 13:12

      Or even for a party,surely the 3 quote system should have applied and the funds payed via EFT.Fraud of the highest order,the money was deliberately withdrawn(how it's anyone's guess) for the sole purpose of it to be stolen.

  • peterthabo.mahlatji - 2012-08-09 12:23

    \The alarm system had been out of order for some time\. The people to blame for this are up there eating their blue cheese with Khanyi Mbau and Kenny Kunene. My word is that NO ONE will be held accountable for this \unforeseen\ robbery. Just wait for the same old respond from the government.

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-08-09 12:24

    This is inside job.

  • Sibusiso 'pups' Dilata - 2012-08-09 12:25

    well.......its sad hey....but then if you living the life they living you would understand....its tough times in SA......and its not really changing for some people

      Wally Walters - 2012-08-09 12:49

      The alarm out of order? how convenient . Tell us a better joke!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-09 12:45

    Inside job comes to mind. This is our military, what a laugh. The usual failure to keep up maintenance and now they have egg on their faces. Money stolen right under their very noses........what next. These are the military that is supposed to protect us.....I bet you anything come a war or they needed to fight they will all run the other way. Maybe they should keep in touch with Lamola he cant wait to taste blood.

  • djim.bie - 2012-08-09 12:46

    When I was doing my national service was it impossibal to get out of a base, how did they get in?

      Wally Walters - 2012-08-09 12:51

      were their gaurds on duty or were they sleeping