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Deadly Nasrec cash-in-transit heist more suspects arrested


Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)


GAUTENG – Following an investigation into a deadly cash-in-transit heist that occurred on Friday, 12 August 2022, in Nasrec area, four suspects have been arrested thus far by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in concert with Crime Intelligence and Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department.

Preliminary reports indicated that the driver of the cash in transit vehicle was driving along Nasrec Road with his crew when they suddenly found themselves under gun fire from unknown suspects. The driver reportedly managed to drive on until the cash van came to a standstill. Suspects allegedly robbed the security guards of their cellphones and one firearm before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

The Johannesburg Flying Squad swiftly responded to the scene, the fleeing suspects were spotted in three vehicles, BMW, Nissan Navarra and Toyota Fortuner. A gun battle ensued after the suspects shot at the police, four of the suspects, Vusumuzi Mosses Botile (40), Sibongiseni Remember Hlengwa (41), Mandlenkosi Freeman Zikhali (42), Hector Sihle Buthelezi (46) were fatally wounded.

Luyanda Mzizi (30), was arrested on the scene. Following unyielding investigations, Bongani Jele (45), was added a few day later. The pair has since appeared in the Johannesburg Regional Court on 23 August 2022. Their matter has been postponed to 31 August for a bail application.

Meanwhile, the team made two additional arrests of suspects aged 34 and 37 and recovered unlicensed firearms yesterday. The additional suspects are likely to make their first court appearance on Thursday 25 August 2022,  also in Johannesburg. The group is to face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of firearms and attempted murder.

The Provincial Head of the Hawks Major General, Ibrahim Kadwa visited the initial scene on the day of the incident. He has lauded the members for their meticulous efforts in ensuring that those who commit heinous crimes are brought to book sooner. 


Captain Lloyd Ramovha
071 481 3518


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