A South African crypto exchange, Ice3x, suspended trading on its platform on March 16 after noting discrepancies in balances of bitcoin and litecoin held on the platform. At the time of writing, the exchange had not revealed the cause of the mismatches in balances or when it expects trading to resume.
In the meantime, a report that quotes the exchangeâ€™s CEO, Gareth Grobler, adds that BTC and LTC withdrawals have similarly been suspended. However, in his statement following the suspension of trading, Grobler reveals that subsequent consultations and deliberations on the issue with its partner, Merkeleon.com, did not yield â€œa satisfactory conclusion.â€ According to Grobler, this ultimately forced the exchange to take action that is intended to protect users.
Meanwhile, as investigations into the cause of the discrepancies continue, the exchange is also urging holders of other coins to immediately withdraw. The statement reads:
Furthermore, the statement is warning that the exchangeâ€™s â€œdomain/email/service deskâ€ maybe become â€œunavailable as a result of 3rd party actions.â€ If that happens, Ice3x says users can still engage the exchange â€œvia our Facebook page.â€
While it is not clear when normal service is resuming, Grobler, however, is quick to reassure users that he will not be fleeing the country. The CEO also pledges that â€œhe will be as transparent as possible with the public.â€
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