60 theft victims to sue FNB for R121m for stolen safety deposit boxes
60 FNB clients are suing the bank in court for R121 million after the contents of their safety deposit boxes were stolen from FNB branches.
Valuables worth millions of rands were stolen during robberies in 2015 and 2016 at the Sunnypark branch in Pretoria and the Randburg and Parktown branches in Johannesburg.
The victims claim that FNB didn't implement adequate security measures before the robberies and refused to offer reasonable compensation afterwards.
The clients are being represented by Trudie Broekmann Attorneys in the case which is headed to the Johannesburg High Court.
According to the law firm, there is evidence that suggests collusion between FNB employees and the robbers in the string of safety deposit boxes heists.
Trudie Broekmann, owner of Trudie Broekmann Attorneys, says the losses are estimated at R200 million at the Randburg branch alone, where 360 safety deposit boxes were taken.
Broekmann's law firm has issued a summons to the bank.
It may take up to 18 months before the case goes to trial, however, the attorney hopes for an early settlement.
At the Sunnypark branch robbery, two boxes [belonging to our clients] contained R7 million worth of gold jewellery and Krugerrands,Trudie Broekmann, attorney and owner of Trudie Broekmann Attorneys
We have 60 clients and our claim is R121 million, so that's about R2 million per person.Trudie Broekmann, attorney and owner of Trudie Broekmann Attorneys
This is the biggest bank heist that we've seen in South African history.Trudie Broekmann, attorney and owner of Trudie Broekmann Attorneys
We're aiming to prove gross negligence by FNB.Trudie Broekmann, attorney and owner of Trudie Broekmann Attorneys
We're very much holding out for an early, amicable settlement.Trudie Broekmann, attorney and owner of Trudie Broekmann Attorneys
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