20 March 2017
An unknown number of thieves gained access through the roof into the FNB branch in Graskop and blasted a safe open with explosives. There was no money in the safe at the time. The attempted burglary occurred sometime after 21:00 on Sunday, March 18 and approximately 05:00 on Monday, March 20. The incident has been confirmed by SAPS Spokesperson for Mpumalanga, Gerald Sedibe.
According to Warrant Officer Jabu Mahlangu (Graskop SAPS) the incident was reported to them when the FNB Bank Manager discovered the damage early on Monday morning. “The damage was extensive covering areas of the roof, the actual safe and the immediate surrounding interior of the bank, “said WO Mahlangu. “The damage is estimated to be over R1 million. We suspect that the thieves used a jamming device which could have de-activated both the bank alarms and cameras. Both these technologies stopped working just after 21:00 on Sunday night. The culprits did not touch the ATM’s which were located in the same area. We don’t suspect that this was an inside job as the criminals would have known that there was no money in the bank safe. An investigation is under way. If anyone has information which could assist the Graskop SAPS in solving this case, please contact WO J.B. Mahlangu or WO R.T. Chiloane on 082-782-3033 or 013-767-1122. Informants can remain anonymous if they choose to.”