Media Statement from Mpumalanga Media Centre
South African Police Service
Nelspruit - The police in Mpumalanga are looking for unknown men who pulled off a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist along the Barberton--Badplaas (R38) road yesterday, 24 May 2018 around 17:00.
According to information at police disposal, the CIT vehicle was coming from the Badplaas direction headed towards the Nelspruit/Barberton direction when it was ambushed by suspects travelling in a Toyota bakkie, who started shooting at it.
The cash van was reportedly rendered incapable to continue moving, thereby bringing it to a complete halt, at which point the Security Guards were then disarmed and instructed to lie on the ground.
Explosives were used to blast the safe open where after an undisclosed amount of cash was then taken by the suspects before fleeing the scene.
It is suspected that the suspects blockaded the road at either side as no other vehicle passed through during the heist.
A police investigation is underway and police are requesting anyone with information that may assist in their investigation to contact Brigadier Obed Ngwenya at 082 565 6417 or the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
The Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma urged the community to assist the police bring a stop to the scourge of CIT heists which has the potential of causing tremendous trauma, possible loss of life and injury not only to the private security fraternity but also to unsuspecting civilians and motorists who may be caught on the cross fire.