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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 18:56

One suspect arrested after failed cash-in-transit robbery in Tembisa.

SA Police Services (SAPS) arrested one suspect in Tembisa on Wednesday following an attempted cash-in-transit heist in the area.

According to police, a preliminary investigation suggests the cash-in-transit armoured vehicle was rammed by a Mercedes-Benz and both vehicles caught fire.

Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela Masondo says an unknown number of suspects rammed into a cash-in-transit vehicle on Wednesday morning.

The arrested suspect was injured after both vehicles caught fire.

Masondo says a search is underway for his accomplices. 

"The suspects fired shots at the security guards, injuring one of them. Police responded swiftly, and the suspects fled the scene without taking any cash.

"Soon after the incident, police officers from SAPS and Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department went searching for the suspects. A Mercedes Benz believed to have been used during the commission of a crime was found abandoned on the streets of Tembisa with a rifle inside, and the second Mercedes Benz, also believed to have been used in the commission of the attempted cash-in-transit robbery, was found inside one of the yards in Tembisa."

Masondo says one of the cars is believed to have been hijacked in Bedfordview.

According to National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) said, while the number of cash-in-transit robberies remains a concern due to their violent nature, collaborative efforts between the Hawks and private security have yielded some results.

"For this quarter, 51 cases were reported, 20 arrests were effected, and 15 convictions were secured," Lebeya reported.

"On 19 February 2024, the Eastern Cape High Court division sitting at Makhanda sentenced Lwando Ntiyantiya (36) and Nkosekhaya Lloyd (38) for four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition."

The pair were linked to the March 2022 robbery of a G4S money truck in Centane.

They were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, 15 years imprisonment for four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances each, five years imprisonment for three counts of attempted murder each, ten years imprisonment for three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm each, and three years imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition.