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2023/07/19      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 18 July 2023 - The police at Kanyamazane are in pursuit of suspects who were involved in a case of Cash-In-Transit (CIT) robbery that occurred in the early hours of Monday, 17 July 2023 09h30 am next to Emfuleni Park at Kanyamazane outside Nelspruit. According to a report, an armoured vehicle transporting cash was travelling along the Legogota Road at Kanyamazane being driven by security guards. It is reported that a white Mercedes Benz occupied by suspects emerged and collided head on with the armoured vehicle, forcing it to overturn.

The guards then came under attack from a group of about 15 armed suspects who then started shooting randomly at the armed vehicle whilst instructing them to open the door. The guards were reportedly robbed of their firearms, a rifle as well as a pistol. It is further alleged that explosives were detonated by the suspects and got hold of cash from the armoured vehicle. The suspects are said to have then fled the scene with the stolen items, including an undisclosed amount of cash, using two white Ford Rangers to an unknown direction. The Mercedes Benz used to derail the cash van was reportedly torched by the suspects before they fled. 

The police at Kanyamazane were informed about the incident and attended the scene with other roleplayers within the service whereby a case was opened accordingly. Two security guards reportedly sustained some injuries after their vehicle overturned and they are currently receiving medical treatment in hospital. No one has been arrested so far and the Police call on anyone with information that may assist in apprehending the perpetrators to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has indicated that the investigation team will work tirelessly to ensure that perpetrators thereof are soon brought to book.