NELSPRUIT – A prompt response by members of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga ensured that a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist is foiled, with the gang of more than 10 armed men, making off with the Security Officers’ firearms.
According to information at police disposal, the cash van was traveling on the Kamhlushwa-Langeloop road, within the Kamhlushwa policing area near Malelane, just before noon today when it was accosted by the men traveling in a silver BMW and a white Toyota single cab bakkie.
The suspects reportedly began shooting at the cash van which led to it colliding with a silver Toyota Corolla believed to belong to innocent civilians. Two people in the civilian vehicle sustained injuries, while the Guards escaped unhurt.
The guards were disarmed of their firearms when police emerged and the suspects had to flee empty-handed.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma applauded the members for their swift reaction. I have put in place a team led by a senior officer, under the auspices of Operation Gijima Tsotsi which to date has seen up to 28 people being arrested in connection to CIT heists and related crime. We are working hard making sure that the scourge of these crime is brought to zero,” said General Zuma.