A man confessed to cops that he stole millions of rands from ATMs, but blamed it on bad spirits.
Donald Khobane, who helped himself to R3 million in cash, was this week granted leave to appeal against his 15-year jail sentence for theft, reports TimesLive.
Khobane had been employed by Nedbank as an ATM consultant and his job was to balance and replenish the cash at nine ATMs assigned to him in Johannesburg.
He ran away from work in July 2009 and an inspection revealed there were cash shortages at those ATMs he handled.
After his arrest‚ Khobane told police that he could have come under the influence of some kind of “spiritual healer”‚ known as Professor Zao.
Zao had told Khobane that he had a “symbol of wealth” on his hands and that if Khobane lent him as much money as possible‚ taken from the ATMs‚ the “professor” would use it to “cleanse” him and that Khobane could then return the money and would never again have financial problems.
The Supreme Court of Appeal granted him leave to appeal his sentence.
Judge of Appeal Nigel Willis said: “The facts of the case are so bizarre that they cry out for a full investigation before the imposition of sentence. There was no probation officer’s report for the magistrate to consider.”