Robbers flee with registration fees

2012-01-26 07:41

Pretoria - Two robbers, dressed like Protea Coin guards, fled with R900 000 in cash from the Tshwane University of Technology, according to a newspaper report on Thursday.

The two men, driving a vehicle that they made look exactly like one of the security company's cash vans, drove into TUT's main Pretoria campus without anyone being suspicious, The Star reported.

The money, according to the institution, was student registration fees.

Protea Coin chief executive Petrus van Niekerk was unable to explain how uniforms, badges, insignia and other equipment landed in the robbers' hands.

"Our opposition have also been affected by this type of thing. It is not only us," he said.

The con was only discovered when the real guards came to collect money.

"They knew exactly what to do, what to say and where to go. They were so good that they bypassed every security point we had," said TUT spokeswoman Willa de Ruyter.

"They had all the right equipment, from the hand held scanner used to scan each money bag's barcode, to all the necessary identity documents and staff badges."

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said a case of theft was being investigated, the newspaper reported.


  • Michael Kleber - 2012-01-26 07:50

    i dont think it was an inside job ;)

      Jessica - 2012-01-26 07:52

      You are right. This could never be a inside job. ;D

      Daphne - 2012-01-26 07:54

      Inside TUT or inside COIN? LOL

      Chris - 2012-01-26 07:57

      Michael, it was an inside job from the security company. The fact that the robbers knew what to say and where to go it’s a clear indication that they were well informed, and the question is by who – none other than the security staff themselves.

      Kacee - 2012-01-26 08:20

      Never the less Chris, a staff member could have told someone what exactly to do... Same goes for security company... So wonder if that insured, or do the teachers work for free this year?

      Gareth - 2012-01-26 08:21

      Sounds like a good movie !!!!

      rudilemmer - 2012-01-26 08:48

      Tsotsi's eleven

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-26 07:52

    Haha! Got to hand it to them.

  • Malose - 2012-01-26 07:53

    this is inside job {ex guard}

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-26 07:54

    Brilliant con artists.

  • Gavibear - 2012-01-26 07:57

    Sounds to me like some Protea Coin employees got tired of their 3000R salaries. Maybe it would be a good idea to pay the men that are trusted to handle hundreds of thousands of rands on a daily basis in one of the most dangerous jobs in the country a bit more then day labourers. The temptation will eventually get to the strongest of men.

  • Ian - 2012-01-26 07:57


  • Thokozane - 2012-01-26 08:15

    Sounds like a scene from Ocean's Eleven. This shows just how advanced criminals are, always a step ahead. There is no way they could have pulled this off so smoothly without any inside information, whether from TUT or from Coin Security."They knew exactly what to do, what to say and where to go. They were so good that they bypassed every security point we had," said TUT spokeswoman Willa de Ruyter.

  • Mike - 2012-01-26 08:18

    TuT TuT ....

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-26 08:21

    some one from the Protea Coin Security company knows what happened, i hope they going to donate that money to hospitals in Limpopo

  • AmuseMePLs - 2012-01-26 08:31

    wow...brilliant Job. This is wht i call intelligence criminology. hope TUT hav insurance otherwise the lecturers are going to work for free this semester.

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-26 08:34

    Inside Job or these guys used to work for the company.

  • Hotkop - 2012-01-26 08:44

    You call them thiefs, not robbers.

  • Hendri - 2012-01-26 08:49

    Brilliant!!!! Our own Oceans 11, 12 and 13 heist... I am impressed, and no one was hurt. I do not condone crime, don't get me wrong, but in lieu of other violent crimes, this is refreshing news.

      Gordon - 2012-01-26 10:32

      Must be oceans 18. Oceans 1 through 17 were the government since 94.

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-01-26 08:51

    Was the guards ID checked, names taken, vehicle registration noted? Was there CCTV on campus? I think somebody inside TUT has been slack with their security measures or is an accomplice to the thieves who obviously work for Coin security. Polygraph all employees - they either did it themselves or helped others by providing uniforms, badges, scanners and inside knowledge.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-26 08:55

    Skoen job!

      Philisiwe Msomi - 2012-01-26 10:48

      it sounds lyk a nice movie! Job well done...give credit where it due!!

  • Sibongakonke Maseko - 2012-01-26 08:56

    TuT has no security even People who dnt Attend @ TuT can go in kill someone n come out

  • Thandi - 2012-01-26 09:08

    And I was mistaken to believe that Pretoria University was a place of 'higher learning', run by clever people. People who hand over R900k to crooks. Coin - time to have a good look at your own employees - all the signs shout 'inside job'.

      Richard Matthews - 2012-01-26 09:22

      Thandi, please reread the article. Pretoria university has nothing to do with this. The robbery happened at TUT!!!

  • Richy - 2012-01-26 09:21

    Inside Job or Italian Job?

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-26 09:38

    This is the new RSA, the land of milk and honey, the land where crime is something that only lives in white minds, chance of it being an inside job.

  • kardollie - 2012-01-26 09:40

    i thought they said Robin Hood came to visit them,inside job inkhonkoni.

  • Katlego - 2012-01-26 10:01

    wow bravo 2 those crooks plus TUT charge students uneccessary money i mean i pay 4 sports and i dont play sports, i pay 4 institution clinic allowance n i never go there...etc...that wil teach them nt 2 b greedy

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-01-26 10:41

    watch out Ocean 11 Gang is in Town :)

  • Mufamadi Zwivhuya - 2012-01-26 10:43

    Italian job. R900k no gunshot.

  • Duncan Shai - 2012-01-26 13:33

    That wasn't a robbery, it was just a giveaway!!!

  • lebomath - 2012-01-26 14:24

    that was well executed.well done.

  • lravhuanzwo - 2012-01-26 18:01

    i believe it was an inside job....."inside coin job"!

  • lravhuanzwo - 2012-01-26 18:03

    i believe it was an inside inside "coin job"!

  • Destiny - 2012-01-26 22:53

    Guys, what the hell is an "inside job" now ? Inside of "what" exactly?? Lol. Stop insinuating about this "inside" rubbish. In so far as I conceive this, the robbers had to come in FROM OUTSIDE in an UNKNOWN VEHICLE guys (a replica in fact). None of the artifacts, equipment or IDs they produced WAS FROM INSIDE (neither from inside COIN, nor from inside TUT). Just because **YOU** CANNOT CONCEIVE how the thieves put the puzzle together, and YOU KNOW YOU'RE INCAPABLE OF DOING SOMETHING like this yourself (cuz you believe it's IMPOSSIBLE) it does NOT automatically infer that the thieves were therefore using ANY help from someone working either at COIN or at TUT ! Yes I know NOTHING is guaranteed in life, but the converse of this simple truth reminds us that equally “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” ! The staff at TUT should have acted more cautiously (in fact I should say more “randomly”) and NOT practice a “static habit” of checking a preset list of things and then handing over your money to men who simply “pass ALL the **PRESET** check-ups”, “look the part” and “act the part”. But then again who among us is going to live his life in a “clinical environment” by replacing all procedures and all checkpoints with double-verification checks ?? Hell NOT even doctors live their lives in a clinical manner. NOT even Michael Jackson himself could live his life like that . . he actually tried several times to sleep in an oxygen-filled casket,

  • Destiny - 2012-01-26 22:53

    ...but he eventually went back to sleeping on a simple bed (it’s comfortable! it’s convenient!! Nothing beats that!). Nobody is going to make inconvenient changes in their life for the sake of money, NOT even for the sake of one’s own safety ! Some, if NOT ALL of us NEVER do a pre-trip inspection when we travel by a vehicle . . . remember a “pre-trip inspection” ? . . . Hello “did you get your license through a driving school” ?? a pre-trip inspection is about OUR SAFETY and about potentially SAVING OUR LIVES out there on the road, but we are NOT interested in conducting it when we travel by car ! Now criminals simply take advantage of this human trait :) In any case as we speak now the money is taken guys. The money is gone, and in fact, the criminals are NOT planning to come back, at least NOT in the same style. Let’s move on and hope it never happens again, but Don’t go and put New ridiculous double-check processes that are based on “this particular trick”, thinking that you are preventing it from EVER HAPPENING AGAIN, of course **IT** will NEVER happen **again**, because the criminals will NOT come in that style EVER again ! The proof of it is in the fact that TODAY they did NOT walk in using any style or method that you already have precautions in place to detect. They seem to have defeated every single element you placed to detect them. So DON’T REACT to what you’ve just seen (I’m talking to you TUT!).

  • Destiny - 2012-01-26 22:54

    ...It is a fundamental flaw ! For many obvious reasons and for their own safety, the criminals will NOT be coming back anytime soon, given that you’ve disclosed the FACT that your money is STOLEN and the fact that it was FAKE impostors who took it. They’ll simply laugh it off, because they know that when they come next time, they’ll be dressed in RED UNIFORM, PINK HATS, driving a YELLOW CAR with ORANGE WHEELS and they will hit you hard this time around, where it hurts the most, taking a few millions in a day, while exploiting the NEW weaknesses you introduced by putting in EXTRA measures . . . which are ALL BASED ON the criminal’s “blueprint” !! That’s why I say it’s a fundamental flaw you’re committing if you “react” to what a criminal is doing by basing your reaction on his “blueprint”. If you want to catch a criminal, NEVER react to his actions in a “predictable manner”, DON’T rush to close the hole he opened yesterday !! DON’T do that !! Instead, leave him wondering whether what he did had “any impact” on you and let him wonder whether you are even aware of the little hole he opened during his last visit. That’s how you’re gonna catch him :) In closing, my name is Gabriel Bezuni and I am an ex private investigator. I’ve worked with some of the top-profile PI firms in Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil & Mexico. I’ve recovered my cellphone TWO TIMES when it was LOST (once in Rosebank, and the 2nd time in Eastgate) . . . and you will NOT believe it

  • Destiny - 2012-01-26 22:54

    ...when I tell you the story of how SIMPLE it was to get my phone back ! In both occasions it was BROUGHT BACK TO ME. In closing, here’s a hint I want to leave with all of you : If you want to be truly secure (even from police) . . you must BE RANDOM. Never put or build anything into A STRUCTURED form . . and then go to sleep thinking that you’ve GOT IT ALL SECURED from A to Z ! You could NEVER be more wrong ! If you have ANYTHING such as an A to Z verification list or a 7-point cross-check list, etc . . hold on right there . . you HAVE A STRUCTURE !! And because you “have a structure” you will soon be defeated . . it is just a matter of TIME/when it will happen to you !! The mere existence of A STRUCTURE in the way you organize things or in the way you LIVE your life is your WEAKPOINT !!!! True security comes from ABSTRACTION and UTTER RANDOMNESS. Now I know that was a mouthful . . . and I’ll leave it at that. Now go munch it !

  • Seth Ledwaba - 2012-01-27 05:59

    people spent time*years* and money to get their degrees sum spent time thinking creatively on a clean job of scoring R900 000

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-27 08:57

    Protea Coin chief executive Petrus van Niekerk was unable to explain how uniforms, badges, insignia and other equipment landed in the robbers' hands......investigate from within the company.

  • mashavha - 2012-01-29 16:03

    our country has become a laughing stock,who is to be blamed?

  • msnagdee - 2012-01-29 16:06

    Who's who in the zoo. ???

  • Bernard - 2012-02-01 15:03

    Hey - better check where Donovan Moodley and Selebi are - maybe they got out and need cash ??

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