Big Concerts left 'rattled' by Bieber heist

2013-05-15 13:34
Johannesburg - Event organisers Big Concerts says that the carefully orchestrated theft of millions of rands from the FNB Stadium soon after the Justin Bieber concert on Sunday has left them fearing for their safety, reports the Cape Argus.

Big Concerts' chief executive, Justin van Wyk, told the Cape Argus: "This has rattled us to the core. I’m even concerned about our personal security. It's freaked us out."

On Sunday, just hours after Justin Bieber performed to 75 000 fans at the stadium, a gang meticulously broke into strongroom within the venue, climbing through the ceiling in the women's toilets and chiselling away at an adjoining wall, and made off with an estimated R3m in cash.

Inside job

Van Wyk 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."

The theft was discovered only the following morning. 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.

Grobelaar added that high profile burglaries of this nature is putting the South African security industry into disrepute.

"We will be moving from private security to paramilitary security. If that’s what it takes, they’re the people we'll be hiring," he said.

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

Comments

  • Bruce Lee - 2013-05-15 14:02

    Never mind being rattled us to the core, how about rotten to the core?

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-05-15 14:32

      It's the security guards ! Period. Have had experience of this ourselves. Not going to mention any Company's name, but the biggest thieves and crooks work for security Companies.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-05-15 14:32

      It's the security guards ! Period. Have had experience of this ourselves. Not going to mention any Company's name, but the biggest thieves and crooks work for security Companies.

      megala arxithia - 2013-05-16 06:53

      Duh!!!! You live in one of the most violent countries in the world and only now you are rattled by crime !! what world are you living in?

  • Tawizee - 2013-05-15 14:03

    Welcome to South Africa Big Concert.

      Lili Radloff - 2013-05-15 14:43

      Big Concerts is SA, you tit.

      Lili Radloff - 2013-05-15 14:43

      Big Concerts is SA, you tit.

      Mike Lindsay - 2013-05-15 16:17

      Lilitjie. Clearly you didn't understand Tawizee's comment. Try again -without a tit clouding your brain.

      megala arxithia - 2013-05-16 06:54

      More like South Africa Big Circus!!

  • Roelof J. Kannenberg - 2013-05-15 14:16

    I heard the money was from the bar takings? How on earth did they find enough people old enough to consume R3m worth of alcohol at a Bieber concert?

      Waseem Carrim - 2013-05-15 14:41

      Could have been water & soft drinks as well?

      Waseem Carrim - 2013-05-15 14:41

      Could have been water & soft drinks as well?

      Taryn Gavin - 2013-05-15 14:47

      No alchohol was sold at the concert. But think about it, 75000 fans, if each of them spend R50 on a cooldrink and a hotdog or snack... that's over 3 million :) Some may not have spent any money, whilst others will have spent more, so just a general calc for everyone.

      Taryn Gavin - 2013-05-15 14:47

      No alchohol was sold at the concert. But think about it, 75000 fans, if each of them spend R50 on a cooldrink and a hotdog or snack... that's over 3 million :) Some may not have spent any money, whilst others will have spent more, so just a general calc for everyone.

      Karen Meyer - 2013-05-15 15:44

      work it out, 2 nights, 65 000 at Bon Jovi, 75 000 at Justin =140 000 people devide 3mill, each person has to spend R21.50

  • JB Vemba - 2013-05-15 14:18

    This is some serios Italian job kind of stuff "sorry" welcome to SA

  • Nicole Dirks - 2013-05-15 14:21

    This is hectic!

  • Aroka Murombe - 2013-05-15 14:29

    For god sake this is South Africa so stop complaining...... What ever happened there, its a way of life...........

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-05-15 14:37

    Welcome to the most unsafe country in the world where lives and property mean nothing and where we have a corrupt government and SAPS and the "new" kid on the block could be your private security too.

      Njabulo Maunze - 2013-05-15 14:57

      u fool how about iraq and america

      Njabulo Maunze - 2013-05-15 14:57

      u fool how about iraq and america

      Jane Randall - 2013-05-15 15:42

      @njabulo I can't comment on Iraq but I have lived in SA and traveled extensively through America. There is no comparison when it comes to safety. Here is a quote from Nikiwe Bikitsha of MG after the Boston Bombing. "It was peculiar to feel insecure in the US because one of the things I've enjoyed most about this country in the nine months that I've lived here is how safe I've felt. Yes, the country has school shootings but the occurrence or prospect of opportunistic, petty or violent crimes is not pervasive. In any city I've visited, I've been able to walk around at all hours without the cloak of fear which sometimes envelopes one back home. There is a weightlessness to that I wish we could know back home." One week later and everything was back to normal. What is normal in SA. Every week there seems to be some elderly couple killed and a child or granny raped. And lets not even bother discussing the 350 people murdered every week. Spend a month in the US instead of learning stuff from TV and you will understand.

      Jane Randall - 2013-05-15 15:42

      @njabulo I can't comment on Iraq but I have lived in SA and traveled extensively through America. There is no comparison when it comes to safety. Here is a quote from Nikiwe Bikitsha of MG after the Boston Bombing. "It was peculiar to feel insecure in the US because one of the things I've enjoyed most about this country in the nine months that I've lived here is how safe I've felt. Yes, the country has school shootings but the occurrence or prospect of opportunistic, petty or violent crimes is not pervasive. In any city I've visited, I've been able to walk around at all hours without the cloak of fear which sometimes envelopes one back home. There is a weightlessness to that I wish we could know back home." One week later and everything was back to normal. What is normal in SA. Every week there seems to be some elderly couple killed and a child or granny raped. And lets not even bother discussing the 350 people murdered every week. Spend a month in the US instead of learning stuff from TV and you will understand.

  • Waseem Carrim - 2013-05-15 14:42

    I know this is pretty bad. But the heist is kind of cool - sort of like out of a movie.

  • Nthokolose Puleng Marope - 2013-05-15 14:42

    We see this kind of heists mostly in American movies, I think is them and the Bielibers.

  • As You Were - 2013-05-15 14:43

    This is an inside job. Big Concerts only does work with white-owned companies. So it doesn't take a genius to know that the criminal is WHITE!!!

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-05-15 14:48

      As You Were You're right. Our thief was a Whitey with a Drug habit. Luckily the fool OD'd and died. Good riddance to bad rubbish !

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-05-15 14:48

      As You Were You're right. Our thief was a Whitey with a Drug habit. Luckily the fool OD'd and died. Good riddance to bad rubbish !

  • Marlon Pillay - 2013-05-15 14:49

    FNB Stadium - How can we help you?

      Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu - 2013-05-15 15:56

      KKKKkk, yaaa, nee! I like it. FNB "How can we help you" to recover your money? You got it right there.

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-05-15 14:51

    The solution is simple, Big Concerts. Next time just keep your money in a vault where the ceiling is also properly safeguarded.

  • Kyle Brown - 2013-05-15 15:05

    This is old school! Rather a clever break in like this than murders and hijacking and armed rifles. A clever criminal for once, not a fool behind a gun.

  • Lorimer Wilmot - 2013-05-15 15:12

    wtf is "eyeshot"? Surely he meant "out of sight"???

  • Christopher Douglas - 2013-05-15 15:13

    just gimmie the loot! economic empowerment.

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-05-15 15:13

    Wake up and understand you are in SA !! ................ DUH !

  • Anakin Sky-Vader - 2013-05-15 15:14

    Jason Bourne - you need Jason Bourne for this.

  • Monique Naude - 2013-05-15 15:25

    Security reputation at risk? How about the entire SA reputation being at risk? It has all gone for a ball of....

  • Riffak Traws - 2013-05-15 15:27

    Keep the heists comin' ! Down with the money-based system down! Now lemme get back to watching Zeitgeist

  • Terrance Jeevanantham - 2013-05-15 15:43

    Cleaned them out poor Attie van Wyk and co - sure all the online booking money was taken as well - sure to see them at the traffic lights begging

  • Ayanda M Masina II - 2013-05-15 15:48

    Big Concerts are the most irresponsible people i have ever seen,how on earth do you keep millions of rands in a safe that was built to store documents? In this country we have international security firms who have the capacity to collect and keep cash on behalf of a client 24/7. Why didn't they use Cash-in -Transit companies to keep their cash? They are the ones who plotted this heist, they must be hauled to court and answer. How can you be careless with so much money? This kind of theft is rife in the US and Europe so why should this cause such an alarm?But this Theft was orchestrated by the so-called VICTIMS

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-05-15 16:08

      Ayanda M Masina 11 Well it's damned if you do and damned if you don't. Cash in Transit Companies get carjacked as well or have you forgotten !!

  • Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu - 2013-05-15 16:00

    How can they steal such an amount from such a national stadium which i believe there are lots of CCTV camera and obviously more than two CCTV cameras are also installed in the safe. It is an inside job; finish & klaar. I am glad Justin Bieber was already gone with his money and i bet his payment already transfered to his account even before he left his country.

      Mark Badenhorst - 2013-05-15 17:33

      Wow Nkoneni... did you come to that conclusion all by yourself?!

  • Roy Wadhams - 2013-05-15 16:10

    When idiots like Njabulo Maunze make a comment about comparing South Africa with any other country,in particular to Iraq and America,one must wonder where he has been hiding since 1994 when this country was handed to the ANC and crime in all its forms escalated out of control. This country is top of the list for all crimes and murder in particular is the worst crime. So Njabulo who is the fool?

  • Piko Lepiko - 2013-05-15 16:14

    Be poor like me and no one will trouble you. You will be safe you can even sleep under the bridge witout any security.

  • Ebbe Rabie - 2013-05-15 17:14

    Big Concerts should be insured for this. If the are and are paid out then the cost of insurance for the next concert will most likely go up. Ultimately this cost will be past on to us as consumers, so look forward to a nice hike in tickets prices.

  • Kelvin Graham Strachan - 2013-05-15 21:51

    I'm glad it was "Big Concerts" money. I hope they never find it. Attie VAn Wyk is a money grabbing scrooge. He refuses to bring bands to Durban, even to play smaller venues. We have to fork out thousands for a weekend in Joburg to watch 1 concert.

  • James Smythe - 2013-05-16 07:59

    The security industry is overrun by thieves and take their lead from the SAPS, another organisation staffed by numerous deeply corrupt people! I have hired security at large outdoor events which I have organised - they are inevitably useless at best and frequently collude with others to steal. But you can never get proof of this!

  • Priscilla Gerber - 2013-05-16 08:46

    Is it seriously a "Bieber" Hesit?? Get better subjects for your news reports. Leave Justin Bieber out of it... what a way to make sure your articles are read! Pathetic!

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