No response to police’s slow reaction to ATM blast

There has still been no explanation as to why it took police about half an hour to respond to an ATM...

Picture of CCTV footage showing a suspected robber coming out of an ATM machine in Pretoria. Picture: Supplied

There has still been no explanation as to why it took police about half an hour to respond to an ATM blast in the west of <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria this week, despite the nearest police station being five kilometres away.

CCTV footage shows several suspects cutting open a steel door leading to an ATM with a blowtorch on Tuesday night.

Minutes later they detonated explosives, destroying the machine. They fled the scene with bags of cash.

The suspects went on to blow up three more machines in <place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Pretoria.

The surveillance footage shows a massive blast rock the Quaggasrand Shopping Centre, west of <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Timestamps also show that after the explosion it tokk about 30 minutes for the first police to arrive at the scene.

The Pretoria West Police station is a mere five kilometres away.

The police’s Dumisani Ndlazi said they usually react swiftly to ATM blasts.

He said they will investigate the allegations and deal with any officers found guilty of wrongdoing.