Western Cape ATM bombings cost at least R1m

2012-06-05 10:05

Cape Town - A spate of automated teller machine (ATM) bombings in the Western Cape has racked up at least R1m in damages, it was reported on Tuesday.

The SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) estimated that each cash machine blown up cost between R50 000 and R300 000 in damages excluding any money taken, the Cape Times reported.

Since January, 18 ATMs had been blown up in the province, with areas like Nyanga, Goodwood, Ottery and Parow being targeted.

Sabric CEO Kalyani Pillay told the newspaper they were working with the police and banking industry to clamp down on the blasts but would not explain how.

"It is not in the interests of crime prevention to publicise operational issues pertaining to any crime," she said.

  • Curry - 2012-06-05 10:21

    Put paint bombs inside the ATM's to destroy and mark money. When the bomb goes off, the paint or dye explodes too and the money inside becomes marked and worthless. This might serve to deter at least...

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-05 10:43

      Smart idea!

      mike.bester1 - 2012-06-05 10:46

      Now you will have ¾ of the TOP Cops in Cape town walking around with dye all over them, Hie Hie Hie

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-06-05 11:41

      Good idea. It will also create jobs

  • kobus.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-06-05 10:37

    Atleast bombing in Rustenburg seemed to calm down a bit.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 11:11

    ATM machines are a first world product, intended for civilised first world countries. In Africa things are a little different.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-05 11:32

      What they need is a post office bank book,they know nothing about civilization these criminals.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 12:52


      msendi - 2012-06-05 12:57

      Few criminals bombed the ATM machine and billions of Africans receive blows. It is hard to be an African…

      Rupert - 2012-06-05 14:25

      come to think of it ,its only in south africa where ATM'S are blown by criminals .

      Ivy - 2012-06-05 14:36

      What do you want in Africa go to were you belong and leave us alone

  • Heiku - 2012-06-05 11:49

    This is all the DA's fault they are probably in on it.

      Mark - 2012-06-05 11:51

      Troll alert!!!

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-05 12:53

      Yes of course. Definitely the DA. Why didn't we figure that out? I'll contact the SAPS right away. Damn - no answer.

      Heiku - 2012-06-05 14:40

      You guys are just down voting me cause im black. Typical de klerk DA policy

      Bob - 2012-06-05 15:25

      heiku, no you have got it all wrong, it's not because you are black, it's because you are stupid.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:47

    The agents have been sent to the western cape.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:49

    Ivy are you for atm bombings or against it.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 16:51

    Heiku how do people think you,re black without a pic,cmon bud think about.

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