Big Concerts blasts stadium heist claims

2013-05-16 10:04
Cape Town – The money stolen from the FNB Stadium after the Justin Bieber concert was not proceeds from ticket sales as reported by certain media, Big Concerts International confirmed in a press release on Wednesday.

According to Big Concerts, the estimated R3m that was stolen from a safe situated at the FNB Stadium belonged to third party concessionaires and were proceeds from the sale of food and beverage from Bon Jovi's show on Saturday night and Justin Bieber's merchandise on Sunday night.

The Justin Bieber concert was sold out six months in advance and no tickets were sold at the venue, Big Concerts reiterated.

The concessions proceeds were being held in a safe ready for collection by a cash in transit company on Monday morning and police and investigators have since confirmed that the heist was a highly sophisticated planned theft.

Bieber never at risk

Big Concerts also said that Justin Bieber and public safety were never at any risk as the heist took place in the early hours between 03:00 and 07:00 the morning after the concert and hours after Justin Bieber had departed South Africa.

Big Concerts' chief executive Justin van Wyk told the Cape Argus on Wednesday that heist had deeply "rattled" the company. "I'm even concerned about our personal security. It's freaked us out," he said.

Van Wyk also said the heist had left them asking serious questions about security for major events such as the Bieber and Bon Jovi concerts, which were held on consecutive nights at the stadium.

"You bring out these huge stars, and the next day someone's cleaned you out – literally," he said. "The security industry is overrun by people who cannot necessarily be trusted."

An inside job

Police and security said they believe the heist to be an inside job and that the robbers had been working at chiselling through the wall over "a couple of days".

"I can't see this as an external operation," said Stadium Management CEO Jacques Grobbelaar. "Even I'm not entirely sure of where the strongroom in which the money was stored is. It was chosen because it is out of eyeshot," he added.

He said on the day of the heist there were 4 000 staff at the stadium. Of these 993 were security personnel.

Stadium security are considering offering a reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the thieves.


  • Teancum Smith - 2013-05-16 10:09

    That makes a whole lot more sense.

      Punungwe - 2013-05-17 07:13

      "The security industry is overrun by people who cannot necessarily be trusted." I came across a company where security guards assigned to guard the premises were siphoning diesel out of trucks every night. If you trust a security company without knowing the finer details of the operation you are securing yourself, then you don't deserve to have whatever it is you are securing.

      Punungwe - 2013-05-17 07:18

      On another note, surely there can't be more than a handful of people who know where the strong-room was, and new it's design well enough to know exactly where to chisel after first making a hole in another room (ladies toilet). And was the money insured? If it was there is a possibility that someone is trying to do a double take. Keep the proceeds and get the insurance money as well.

      Kwajo Musa - 2013-05-17 14:18

      My thinking is like when a security chief gaurd report at work i thought s/he goes to report at this control room full with monitors and he is able to see all the movement in and out of the stadium. people who check in whether for maintance contract or work their daily. Am confuse here. But this can be a good movies scrip. I must as leon Schuster to shoot one about "Mapara Security inside job"

  • MichAngel Justice - 2013-05-16 10:21

    security steel eerste omdat hulle so blerrie min betaal word. Hoop hulle rook hulle dik aan die dagga, mandrax en tik, snuif genoeg herion en suip hulle gatte leke dronk en betaal di prostitute genoeg geld en dus wanneer een van di boewe di kat uit di sak laat. njoy njoy while it last.

      Patrick Mampane - 2013-05-16 12:47

      o tjea gabotse?

  • Lydon Daniel McGrane - 2013-05-16 10:38

    Media that reported otherwise are extremely silly. It's obvious that none of the proceeds from ticket sales would be at the stadium when it was sold out months in advance. Did they think that BC and Computicket lugged millions from online ticket sales to the stadium for the fun of it?

  • Mally Gee - 2013-05-16 10:46

    I simply cannot believe that there was no alarm and no CCTV surveillance cameras to safeguard the assets of this business. What good is a manager if he can't even manage to install proper security arrangements (and I don’t mean guards). Having 993 security personnel is plain stupidity and the biggest threat to any business. With the highly sophisticated alarm mechanisms available at ever-decreasing prices, there is simply no excuse for this blatant incompetence, especially in the face of a burgeoning nation of thieves, unprosecuted criminals and a country swollen with unrehabilitated convicts on early release due to insufficient jail space.

  • Mozaffar Ebrahim - 2013-05-16 10:52

    Eish Bieber going for the Vanilla Ice look.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-16 10:54

    Welcome to Africa. Better hold on to your pants, underwear and life...

  • Mordikaai Speak - 2013-05-16 11:03

    Why the need for a statement any logical thinking person would have known it.

  • Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-05-16 11:28

    Nkandla BUNKER reminscences

  • Michael Bardsley - 2013-05-16 11:29

    "Stadium security are considering offering a reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the thieves" WTF is there to consider. If R50000 gets you R3 mill back it is probably a good option.

  • André Van Wyk - 2013-05-16 11:58

    Maybe now Big Concerts will take the lack of competent security officers seriously. If you actually did that after all the recent complaints, maybe the money wouldn't be stolen. Funny how the wheel turns.

  • Lisa Cow Bell - 2013-05-16 12:30

    Big Concerts cannot be trusted. Management themselves are a big bunch of thieves. Their security confiscated my camera before a concert. Was told I could not take it in. Afterwards when I went to collect it, it was gone. I contacted the Managing director, It was one of his security guards, wearing his yellow suit with the official tags and told him which gate and the exact time, only to be told, sorry for you! There is nothing I can do! Totally not interested.

      Josh Strauss - 2013-05-16 12:49

      To be fair it is stated clearly on the ticket that you may not bring in any cameras. Yes, I understand cell phones can also take pictures but those are the rules. You would have been better off hiding it under a rock. Unfortunately if you hand anything over to those guys you may as well expect it to be gone for good.

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-05-16 12:48

    I blame the Gupta!

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-05-16 13:01

    Burglers doing their bit with angle grinders (they make quite a noise), and not a single security guard hears anything? Weird, indeed.

  • Samantha Barends - 2013-05-16 14:43

    My bet is on Robin Hood!!

  • Shipingana Kapofi - 2013-05-16 15:30

    I think it should be a lesson to the security bosses not to exploit the poor security guards and pay them a living wage to afford their basic needs.

      Melissa Rademan - 2013-05-16 17:39

      This is just such a typical South African comment. Why some people think that it justifies crime by calling up for bigger salaries for workers who do less and less is beyond my comprehension. CRIME is CRIME and once a thief always a thief! It is your choice to become a security guard and you know the job and the pay - and if you don't like it go find something better and/ or study harder to carve out your own future and career. The basic living wage some general workers are demanding these days are far more than what you would get in many other developed countries. I had 3 jobs to hold my household together at one stage and NEVER resorted to crime or used it as an excuse. I hope they get caught sooner than later - what a tainted stain on our Image to the outside world - and this does nothing for creating more jobs in our country!

  • Taru Chimombe Tee C - 2013-05-16 15:56

    How is this a heist? Coz it involves money, I wonder. What happened to accurate reporting. This is housebreaking in my book.

  • Gaeleen Van Den Bergh - 2013-05-16 16:17

    No difference 3 million still grew wings (must have been hitting the Red Bull)

  • Ricky Singh - 2013-05-16 16:53

    3 mill in one night.Wow,its looks like an inside job as always.We have to work hard and these crooks and skelms are millionaires overnight.Just goes to show the arrogance and sickening drift of our society into crime and murder and we just sitting ducks waiting to be the next victims.How very sad!

  • del.pearson.98 - 2013-05-16 17:28

    I also believe that many of the house break-ins are due to security guard tip offs. They are the only people who know a property as well as the owner. Been hit once too often to believe otherwise.

  • LekkePerd - 2013-05-17 07:16

    I wonder about the construction of the "Strong Room". Was it strong enough? After hearing of all the corruption and price fixing with the construction companies , have they used cement to build the "Strong Room"? Or was it sand and Water mix to save "Costs". Inside job? For sure! Cry our beloved country- Get the builders is for an opinion/ inspection. What went wrong? Eish

      Jaco Peyper - 2013-05-17 08:19

      hahaha, clever theory, love it!

  • Owen Katz - 2013-05-17 07:49

    No CCTV at FNB Stadium?

  • Taru Chimombe Tee C - 2013-05-17 08:01

    It was not a heist .it is theft

  • Brenton Mills - 2013-05-17 08:51

    No alarm ???? 3 million in the safe !!!!

  • Cherise Conradie - 2013-05-17 13:38

    How about you start with polygraph tests on the security staff first? Work your way down from there .... just a suggestion

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