Police, SBV services ask for help to catch guard who 'stole' R4m

Bathobile Mlangeni is wanted by the police
Bathobile Mlangeni is wanted by the police

SBV Services is appealing to members of the public for any information which may assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in its ongoing investigation of former employee Bathobile Mlangeni who is allegedly linked to the theft of R4m from its collection facility at the Mall of Africa, Midrand, in July 2019.

On Tuesday Sowetan reported that Mlangeni allegedly strolled out of the Midrand depot with a trolley containing refuse bags that were stuffed with millions of rands before disappearing into thin air.

Mlangeni, 29, who was on duty at the time of the incident, allegedly cut open two bulk cash bags with a pair of scissors before transferring the money into a number of refuse bags which she placed in a trolley and walked out of the depot, a source close to the investigation said.

Gauteng police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo said Mlangeni was wanted in connection with the disappearance of millions of rands while she was on duty.

"She has not reported to work since the day the money went missing," Masondo said.

He urged members of the community who could know her whereabouts or information that could lead to her arrest to come forward.

Mark Barret, SBV group CEO said: “As a key service provider that ensures that cash is available for the citizens of South Africa, and as a responsible corporate citizen, we do not tolerate any crime and take all internal and external incidents in a serious light. If an incident does occur, we will focus our efforts together with the relevant authorities to ensure that the perpetrators involved are brought to justice."

SBV is currently not in a position to disclose any details regarding this case due to the sensitive nature of the investigation. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident. SBV is requesting that members of the public call the SBV hotline 083 408 7029 with any information that may assist with this investigation. This line is available 24/7 and all callers are assured that confidentiality is maintained."

The SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) CEO Susan Potgieter said there had been 43 cash-in-transit incidents since 1 January 2020 till 17 February 2020. 

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