JOHANNESBURG, July 26 The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has called on bank consumers to use alternative methods of banking to avoid being robbed and possibly being inured or killed.
During the past six months, six banking customers have been killed in associated robbery incidents after they were either followed to or from the bank after making large withdrawals or going to the bank to make deposits.
According to the centre, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Banking Association of South Africa, there has been a 33 per cent increase nationally in associated robbery incidents over the past 12 months when compared with the same period last year.
Gauteng Province is where most of these associated robberies occur, with 53 per cent of the incidents being reported. It is closely followed by KwaZulu-Natal Province and Western Cape Province with 14 per cent and 11 per cent of incidents reported respectively.
Sabric chief executive officer Kalyani Pillay told South African broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Radio Friday that bank customers must be careful about the information they conveyed when making large deposits and withdrawals.