19 June 2019

South Africa: Security Officers Foil Cash Heist

National Police Commissioner, General Khehla John Sitole, has praised the bravery of security officers who managed to overcome an attempted cash robbery in Orange Farm, on Tuesday.

In a statement, police spokesperson Brenda Muridili said the suspected robbers pounced on the armoured cash vehicle while it was collecting cash at a filing station.

"The crew was accosted by five armed suspects. The suspects managed to take cash from a security officer and shoot him in the leg before taking his firearm and trying to flee the scene. The driver of the armoured vehicle noticed what was happening and pursued the suspect's vehicle, ramming it off the road until it came to a halt. The suspects were forced to abandon their vehicle and the stolen cash, then fled the scene on foot," she said.

At the scene, she said, police recovered an illegal firearm and the stolen cash.

"Upon immediately searching the area surrounding the scene, one suspect was found in possession of a rifle and was arrested," she said.

In the statement, Sitole wished the injured security officer, who was taken to hospital for medical attention, a speedy recovery.

"The alertness and quick thinking of the driver of the armoured vehicle as well as the swift response by the police to ensure that the suspect was detained is commendable. We will continue to police serious and violent crimes such as cash in transit robberies in an integrated and multi-disciplinary manner in order to alleviate the fear that these crimes instil in our communities," said Sitole.

South Africa

Legendary Musician Johnny Clegg Dies

South African music legend Johnny Clegg has died, aged 66. Clegg, described as one of the country's most celebrated… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: SAnews.gov.za

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.