ATM FROM HELL
Clermont residents are now forced to go to town than to use local ATMs as these machines are allegedly targeted by whoonga addicts.
According to one of the residents, Nhlanhla Mchunu, the local Standard Bank ATM is the most targeted of them all because it is located in an isolated place which gives criminals a chance to see all one’s movements. The culprits thereafter follow you.
Mchunu said that a man and young lady were mugged on the same day after they withdrew their money from the ATM last week.
“Both incidents were similar, because in both these people they were watched as they withdrew money and then they were followed,” said Mchunu.
This ATM is found on Zazi Road, which is one of Clermont’s longest, busiest and most dangerous road.
“The reason is that it contains shops, vendors, supermarkets and ATMs; this is the reason why most local thieves target it,” said Ntuthuko Shezi, another resident. “This road is like a source of income for a lot of hustlers.”
“This ATM is only used by those are brave or those who are new to this place,” added
Nomusa Mbatha, a resident. “A couple of weeks ago, I witnessed a man getting robbed in front of my home. He was robbed by these whoonga thieves. They saw him withdrawing cash; luckily he had used all of his money for groceries first before heading home. When they got him they only found his phone,” said Mbatha.
Detective Sanny Dladla claims that these “day-time robberies” are about to come to an end as policemen have started patrolling during the day in order to protect people.