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2023/03/09      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Mojapelo   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 05 March 2023 - The Provincial  Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has ordered an intensive manhunt for the suspects who committed an aggravated cash-in-transit heist in which the driver of the CIT vehicle was shot and wounded and woman motorist also seriously injured after she was later caught in the crossfire between the Police and suspects.The incident took place  yesterday on Saturday 04 March 2023 at Maupa village under Bolobedu policing area.

The preliminary Police investigation revealed that the CIT vehicle with three occupants was heading towards Giyani and driving along the R81 road when a group of suspects travelling in a white Range Rover coming from the opposite direction bumped the cash van. The driver swerved and managed to  avoid the collision, the Range Rover then passed. Another group of suspects driving in a blue Mercedes Benz used a similar method and managed to bump the cash van and the driver reduced speed. His crew jumped out to inspect the vehicle but the same Range Rover suddenly emerged and opened fire on the Nissan NP200 which was escorting the security guards.

The driver of the cash van drove towards Maupa village for safety but was accosted by the third group of suspects driving in a silver VW Amarok. The suspects opened fire on the cash van until the driver lost control and it stopped.The security guards managed to escape and fled to the bushes.

Subsequently, the suspects blew up this security vehicle with explosives, took an undisclosed amount of money before they fled the scene in the getaway vehicles and the victims Nissan NP200.

Police were alerted about the incident and immediately began with the search for the suspects and recovered one rifle that belongs to the security guards hidden inside one of the yards.The suspects'  getaway Mercedes Benz was later found burned along  the R81 road and the Nissan NP200 was recovered on the nearby village without the keys, which were later found inside a Toyota Land Cruiser that was robbed by the same suspects after the heist.

The driver of the cash van was taken to hospital for medical treatment as well as the 36 year old female driver who sustained a gunshot wound when the suspects and police exchanged fire after they were cornered in the Tzaneen area driving in a Ford Ranger.

The suspects involved were allegedly speaking Zulu and XiTsonga languages.

The Provincial Commissioner has further ordered the establishment of a Task Team to track down and apprehend those behind the heist.

Police have opened a case of armed robbery, two counts of attempted murder and fourteen counts of malicious  damage to property. This after 14 houses were damaged due to the explosions.

Anyone with information that can assist in the apprehension of the suspects should urgently contact Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane on 079 894 5501 or Warrant Officer Phaladi Makola on 0827492233 or the Crime Stop number 0860010111.


The suspects blew up this security vehicle with explosives.