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FNB CEO: Three employees suspected of links to Parktown heist

On New Year’s Eve an unknown number of men robbed FNB's Parktown branch, making off with nearly R2 million.

FILE: Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - FNB CEO Jacques Celliers says early findings of an internal investigation into a heist at their Parktown branch has led to the suspension of three employees believed to be linked to the crime.

On New Year’s Eve an unknown number of men held up security and drilled through a wall to access the vaults making off with nearly R2 million and 48 safety deposit boxes.

Two weeks earlier, a similar modus operandi was used to rob the Randburg branch where over 300 safety boxes were stolen.

The bank says it will assist and facilitate customers in with their insurance claims, but it's unclear what will happen to those who had not covered their valuables.

Celliers says a final report still needs to be completed.

“It would appear that there could’ve been some collusion between our staff and in that case we’ll be reaching out to them to try and have discussions around the next steps.”

Celliers says a separate investigation is taking place for the Randburg branch and the bank will only be in a position to assess claims once that probe is done.

“There are conversations around how we can help and come to a settlement. Depending on the final internal investigation, unless some other information comes up, we’re very interested to see if we can get finality and closure as soon as possible.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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