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By unknown | Sep 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare and Ayanda Sishi

Simon Nare and Ayanda Sishi

As alleged ATM bombings kingpin Lebohang Nicholas Ranyali, 23, was in the dock in Durban yesterday, yet another cash machine was blasted in Johannesburg.

Ranyali and four others appeared in the Durban magistrate's court for a bail application.

But in Johannesburg three men at about 3am bombed a Standard Bank ATM in Industria West and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Captain Bheki Mavundla said commercial explosives were used to destroy the money machine.

No arrests had been made in connection with the incident, Mavundla said.

No one was injured, but when Sowetan went to the scene, the rubble had not been cleared.

Bomb experts had not even arrived on the scene.

A homeless man who sleeps in the area, said he heard an explosion in the early hours of the morning.

"I thought maybe it was a shoot-out involving police. I didn't see anything.

"A private security van came and parked next to where I sleep, but drove off again," he said.

Standard Bank spokesman Ross Linstroom confirmed the bombing of an ATM in the area.

Linstroom said the bank, together with other major banks, was working on measures to curb ATM bombings.

"It's something that we are looking at with the banking industry. We have several measures that are in place and various others that have been implemented," he said.

Those measures included posting security personnel at ATMs.

Police believe that Ranyali is the mastermind behind ATM bombings across the country.

The former engineering student and qualified electrician, who has no steady job, was not asked to plead.

He and a co-accused were remanded in custody and will appear again on September 25.

When arrested on the N3 freeway near Pietermaritzburg last week, he was driving a luxury German sports car and was reported to have been carrying a large amount of cash.

Police believed he was heading for a hide-out in Durban after having allegedly blown several ATM machines in Gauteng.

It is alleged he had supplied several criminal gangs with explosives. It is further alleged that he would hire out his services as a bomber to gangs who provided the muscle, by deploying gunmen to ensure he was not distracted while blasting the cash machines.

Director Phindile Radebe said Ranyali has been linked to at least six bombings in KwaZulu-Natal and several others in Gauteng.


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