Four criminals caught red handed with stained banknotes

A collaborative effort by detectives from Rustenburg, Klerksdorp, and Potchefstroom led to the arrest of four suspects in Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District on the night of May 17, 2024.

The suspects were found in possession of stolen property and evidence related to money laundering activities.

One suspect, Sesing Tsabane (32), a Lesotho citizen, was found with chemicals used to clean dye-stained notes.

Three additional suspects—Letlala Elias Qabano (36), Joshua Molibeli (34), and Molefe Abel Fusi (26)—were arrested at a second location.

Suspects found with stained banknotes

The suspects appeared in court on May 20, 2024, and were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on May 27, 2024.

The ongoing police investigation suggests that the suspects may be linked to ATM bombing case.

Value of Dyed banknotes

A banknote is deemed dye-stained when it displays staining patterns from a currency degradation system.

These devices degrade banknotes, making them unusable and discouraging criminals from stealing them. As these banknotes are considered the proceeds of crime, they have no value and cannot be exchanged.

Dye-stained banknotes should under no circumstances be accepted. Members of the public who unwittingly come into possession of these banknotes cannot claim from the SARB, and are advised to hand in these banknotes at their nearest police station.


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