Five suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of money during a Cash-In-Transit heist in Tafelkop, outside Groblersdal, Limpopo on Monday evening.

It is alleged that two security guards attached to G4S were driving on R579 road at Tafelkop Majakaneng. Out of nowhere their company, a cash truck was shot by the occupants from a white Ford Ranger.

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Their truck wheels got punctured as a result of the shooting. It is further alleged that approximately five suspects armed with rifles and pistols approached. They forced them out of their cash truck and also robbed them of their two firearms.

Robbers feel with an undisclosed amount in Tafelkop cash-in-transit heist
Limpopo cash-in-transit heist

CASH-IN-TRANSIT THUGS ON THE RUN

The suspects blasted the truck and took an undisclosed amount of cash. They then drove away using a white double-cab Ford Ranger. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Limpopo Province has launched an intensive manhunt for the suspects in the Tafelkop cash-in-transit.

ROBBERS FLEE WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY IN TAFELKOP

A case docket of robbery with aggravating circumstances (CIT) and Contravention of section 27(1)(c) of the Explosive Act 27 of 1956 was opened. The Hawk’s Serious Organised Crime Investigation is entrusted with the investigation of this matter.

No arrest has been made. Anyone with information that can assist the police arrest the suspects is requested to contact Polokwane-based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Lieutenant Colonel Nkoane Makutu on 071 351 7278. SAPS Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or alternatively leave a tip-off on MySAPS App.

The Limpopo Commissioner of Police Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has admitted that the rising Cash-in-transit heists in the province is a worrying factor. There has been reported Cash-in-transit heist in Limpopo, specifically in the Vhembe District.

The latest one was on Wednesday, 7 June when a fidelity security guard was shot and wounded during a cash-in-transit heist at Capitec Venda Plaza in Thulamela Municipality. The suspects managed to make way with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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According to the latest crime stats released last week by Police in Limpopo, Thohoyandou is the leading area in terms of Cash-in-transit heists. Tubatse, Makhado, Hlanganani and Bolobedu are the other areas affected. This is for the period between January to March 2023 for the Limpopo Cash-in-transit .

“I can agree that we have a spread of Cash-in-transit that has been taking place in Limpopo. Particularly the worrying factor in the Thohoyandou area,” Hadebe told the media.

Rising Cash-in-transit heists a big worry for Limpopo
Limpopo Cash-in-transit first quarter statistics

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“I may not talk about the issues particularly so. But the Hawks and the organised crime and intelligence are working together on some of the people that we are monitoring constantly on our radar.

“So I believe that we will make a breakthrough. Particularly the recent case of Tshakhuma is assisting us to come up with a solution to deal with these issues of the CITs that are taking place in Vhembe,” she explained.

VHEMBE A DANGER ZONE AFTER RISING HEISTS CASES

“Though you might pick up sporadically in the other districts, Vhembe is definitely worrying us. There is a Cash-in-transit plan that we have put in place for Limpopo. We will work around the clock to make sure the elements we are picking up are dealt with accordingly.

“These suspects have been operating between Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng so we are faced with that situation. It has been happening for a while and we are worried, particularly now in May and June. This first week of June has been a nightmare. If we have a CIT after another CIT then it’s a serious challenge that we are having.”