South African Central Bank warns citizens against accepting tainted banknotes
A week after more than 1,400 cash machines in South Africa were attacked in a wave of looting, the country's central bank is now asking citizens to reject banknotes stained with traces of 'blue and green ink.
Growing circulation of stained banknotes
According to an EWN report , the Reserve Bank of South Africa (SARB) has also warned the South Africans caught in possession of such banknotes that they risked becoming the target of a criminal investigation. The warning follows what the SARB has called an "increase in the circulation of dye-stained banknotes in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng ". supporters of the imprisoned leader violently protested against the imprisonment. The chaos allowed criminal elements to embark on a wave of looting whose cThe cost is now estimated at billions of dollars.
Looting of ATMs
As the EWN report suggests, the chaos that followed the initial looting and burning of real estate provided ATM thieves with a perf ect possibility to increase their attacks. However, South African ATMs "hold cash in special containers protected by dye technology ".
This technology is "activated when the container is opened ". When this happens, "the money is stained with a green and blue dye, thus degrading the banknotes, rendering them unusable as currency ".
Meanwhile, the central bank has also urged South Africans who were given or unknowingly. accepted these notes to take them immediately to the nearest police station. At the time of writing, the SARB had not communicated the exact number or value of the stolen tickets.
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