The South African Reserve Bank has urged South Africans to not accept or use stained banknotes as a form of payment.
The SARB says an undetermined amount of cash had been stolen from ATMs during last week’s violent looting in Gauteng & KwaZulu-Natal.
SARB Head of Currency, Len Marais says these stolen notes could now end up in circulation.
Marais says bank notes – stained with traces of blue or green ink – are considered the proceeds of crime and have no monetary value.
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[REPOST] Following the social unrest over the past week, several Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) were left damaged. ATMs are protected with technology to stain banknotes in such instances. The public is advised to not accept banknotes stained with traces of blue and green ink. pic.twitter.com/bN6yGXvv63
— SA Reserve Bank (@SAReserveBank) July 18, 2021
[Watch] Always be vigilant when receiving money. Never accept stained bank notes as they have likely been discoloured from ink dye used in security devices such as ATMs #CrimeStop @SAReserveBank pic.twitter.com/syRxqjxAq0
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 20, 2021