ANOTHER CASH-IN-TRANSIT HEIST HITS LIMPOPODate: 2018-05-30
Early hours of Monday, Limpopo got hit by yet another cash-in-transit heist.
The heist took place along the Matlala and Polokwane road in the Westenburg policing area, which is just a few kilometres outside of Polokwane.
According to Times Live, at about 5:35 am a group of armed suspects driving in a white Isuzu double cab and a blue Toyota Rav4, attacked a security vehicle transporting money, firing shots at the wheels forcing the vehicle to stop.
On Monday the provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, visited the scene and has since put together a dedicated team "to hunt this group of armed suspects around the clock until they are brought to book".
"The culprits held the security officers at gunpoint and used explosives to blast open the safe before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Two of the security officers sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for medical attention‚" said Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe‚ Limpopo police spokesperson.
In April, police in Hoedspruit near Phalaborwa launched a massive manhunt for a group of armed suspects who robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle on a Saturday afternoon.
Since Monday's heist, the Hawks have arrested seven suspects, and the police have seized two cars and explosives during the arrest.
"They were arrested last night and in the early hours of this morning... in different parts of the province," said Captain Matimba Maluleke.
More arrests are expected, as the Hawks suspect that the vehicle used in the robbery had been stolen in Gauteng.
The suspects are due to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday (Today), on charges of robbery, possession of suspected stolen vehicles, possession of explosives and the possession of ammunition.